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Archive for October, 2011

Oct 28

4th Annual Waste Audit!


Published in 2011

Curious to know how much people on the BSU campus  throw away? Wondering how much stuff in that garbage is actually recyclable or even compostable?

Well you can finally find out by helping the Sustainability Office with their waste audit happening October 31st through November 4th from 1-3pm in the Sustainability Office!

Stop in, we’ll provide the gloves (and possibly a face mask!), and let the digging begin!

Just in case you’re wondering, here are the results from previous years.

 

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Oct 10

"Pipeline? We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline"


Published in 2011

Lester Brown (a United States environmental analyst, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. BBC Radio commentator Peter Day calls him “one of the great pioneer environmentalists.”) wrote an article on the Alberta Tar Sands.

 

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Oct 10

Gitigaan


Published in 2011

Gitigaan

Early this summer the Sustainability Office with help from the summer People in the Environment class created a campus community garden on the corner of Birch Lane and 16th street on the BSU campus. The project included removing the sod from the 99ft X 59ft space that was to become the garden, hauling in compost, tilling the compost into the soil, putting up the fence, sectioning off the plots, planting and finally watching it grow. The building of the garden took about 1.5 months to complete. The project was initially delayed because of a late snow fall and wet conditions. Plots were rented out at $5 a year to students and staff. There are 28 plots rented out by 19 people. The project had its share of obstacles, mainly digging bricks out of post holes, but all were overcome or worked out best as possible. Over all, the garden project is considered to be a huge success. The name Gitigaan means garden in Ojibwe.

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~ Wangari Maathai (Assistant Minister for Natural Resources)