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Friday, May. 6, 2011
73% of waste diverted from Preview Days picnic
This year’s Preview Days' lunch consisted mostly of recyclable and compostable items that were relatively easy to sort; chip bags and condiment wrappers were the only landfill items. During and after the meal, Sustainability Squad volunteers helped students and their families sort their waste. At the end, 340 lbs of compostables, 213 lbs of recyclables, and 202 lbs of waste were totaled; this means 73% of the waste was diverted from the landfill! Moreover, almost every single guest thanked volunteers for being there.
Campus-wide recycling system upgrade underway
When we “upgrade” a building’s recycling system, two things happen:
So far, the campus-wide upgrade has been successful and we have received positive feedback from faculty and staff. Many report they are excited to participate in waste diversion, especially since it's now easier to recycle.
As we continue this project, we will use our quarterly waste characterizations to track the waste diversion progress of the campus. Keep your eyes peeled for newer-looking bins around campus and before you know it, recycling and composting will become second nature. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCU makes Princeton Review's list of top Green Colleges and Universities
SCU highlighted in STARS annual report
SCU was highlighted in the STARS report for the new Experiential Learning for Social Justice core requirement, which every undergraduate must complete. ELSJ is meant to cultivate social justice, civic life, perspective and civic engagement. The annual review is free to download and a great resource to learn more about sustainability in higher education.
Sustainable Office Award Program
Each participating department undergoes an initial self-evaluation, which includes calculating energy use and typical office behaviors. A Sustainability Intern from the Office of Sustainability leads the department in a Kick-Off Meeting and facilitates a departmental discussion to develop ideas and plans to improve sustainable behaviors in the department.
Recently, the Office of Student Life and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) have participated in SOAP. Student Life thought they could involve resident students in more sustainability events on campus, and CSTS earned innovation points for their Global Social Benefit Incubator.
The next department to participate in SOAP is University Operations, a division that includes Campus Safety, Facilities, Utilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Projects and Planning, and the Office of Sustainability.
Bronco Urban Garden (BUG) Farm Internship