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The Thurston County Public Works Department Solid Waste Program is a source for some great tips for enjoying a “less unsustainable” holiday season. Check out their website for some good reminders of small and big changes you could make to how you celebrate the season Read the rest of this entry »
RAD Services sustainably remodels one modular housing unit (Mod) every year in an effort to both decrease the Evergreen campus carbon footprint, and compare the efficiencies of different financially reasonable sustainability methods. Read the rest of this entry »
Resources to explore and things to watch for as we strive to be “less un-sustainable”
– compliments of the Student Affairs Sustainability Committee: Courtney Bailey, Andrew Beattie, Kyle Conyers, Elaine Hayashi-Peterson, Irene Hinkle, Tracey Johnson, Justin Reuter, Susie Seip, and Scott Stavely Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had the privilege of attending the 8th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Vancouver, Canada. More than 400 people from twenty-nine different countries attended the conference. Each day was full of presentations from what seemed like every academic discipline. With about 100 presentations to choose from each day, I, along with many other conference-goers, had a difficult time deciding which presentation to attend—a good problem to have. There was also great variety in the types of sessions offered. Read the rest of this entry »
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) developed the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) as a voluntary, self-reporting framework for recognizing and gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities. It is designed to:
- Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
- Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
- Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
- Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
- Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many reasons why Residential and Dining Services is a leader in sustainability in the Evergreen community and in the national arena. For a number of years, RAD has been blessed to have employees committed to sustainability. Mark Lacina, Assistant Director for Facilities and a staff member for nearly two decades, has seen hundreds if not thousands of students enter and exit RAD’s student facilities worker program and has heard Read the rest of this entry »
It is estimated that we produce approximately 25% more landfill trash during the holiday season (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s) which equates to around 25 million extra tons of waste. For ideas on waste-free holidays check out the Thurston County Public Works Department website and consider these handy tips generated by the Student Affairs Sustainability Committee for a greener, less un-sustainable holiday season: Read the rest of this entry »
Art Costantino’s article, Sustainability and Social Justice: Making the Connection, is the featured article in NASPA’s fall 2011 Leadership Exchange magazine. In the article he speaks to the current import of social justice and sustainability on college campuses. The article highlights the intersection that exists between the two concepts as well as a variety of ways in which faculty and staff can help students explore this connection and use it to inform decision making.