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Nov 18

Hagg-Sauer Waste Audit Results

Published in 2014

The Sustainability Office dug through all the trash from Hagg-Sauer Hall the week of November 3rd (trust me…it’s fun!). Our primary focus is to assess how many recyclables are ending up in the garbage. Here are our results since 2011:

YEAR Total waste collected (lbs) % fiber that could have been recycled % containers that could have been recycled % non-recyclables (garbage)
2011 221.5 13.32% 8.13% 78.6%
2012 339.3 11.1% 6.5% 82.5%
2013 288.6 6.3% 5.8% 87.9%
2014 328.9 11.2% 9.0% 79.7%

We noticed that there were a lot more glass containers than usual this year which would add a significant amount of weight. We are thinking of separating the types of containers (aluminum, glass, plastic, etc.) in the future to better assess trends. There was also a lot of paper in the garbage that could have been recycled. The percentage of both fiber and containers was higher than we’d like to see. In the next few days, I’ll be sending out a reminder of what can be recycled to remind folks.

Thanks to Trevor Plendl, our office Zero Waste Coordinator, for managing this project!

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Oct 20

Half Way to Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Day Events

Published in 2014

Halfway to Earth Day is another chance to celebrate our planet! The halfway mark falls on Wednesday, October 22 and this year we have a number of activities planned. We’ll kick off the event at 11am with the local farmer’s market, which will be stationed at Lakeside until 2 pm. While you peruse, you’ll also be able to listen to some great music from Eric Armburst, Allison Pasiuk, and Luke Barnard. The festivities will resume later that evening with a showing of the documentary Bitter Seeds, a film that strives to explore the problems with Monsanto and farmers in third world countries. We’ll begin the showing at 7pm in room 115 of Bensen Hall. Finally, we’ll cap off our celebration on Thursday with a cooking workshop by Trevor Smith, an experienced cook from Concordia Language Villages, in the AIRC at 4 pm

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"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy -sun, wind and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)