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Sustainability Blog

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Waste

BSU has done a great job reducing their waste so far, but that's always room for improvement. As apart of the Climate Action Plan, BSU's goal is to be carbon neutral, which means little to zero waste.

Reusable Water Bottles and Mugs

Starting back in fall of 2009, the Sustainability Office offers free mugs or water bottles to all incoming freshman and transfer students. At the end of the fall semester, if there are any bottles or mugs left, we open it up to all students. The purpose of this is to reduce the use of plastic bottled water and paper/styrofoam coffee cups. Providing a container for students to reuse, will give more of an incentive to reduce and reuse!

Free Store

The Free Store is a place in the Sustainability Office where everything is free! It's all student, faculty, and staff donations that people can come in take. Everything from clothes, kitchen supplies, or school supplies are available. The purpose of the Free Store is to reduce the amount of products that people buy. We want to encourage people to reuse items when they are in perfectly good shape. It's been very successful!

Waste Audit

Every semester the Sustainability Office performs a waste audit for the academic building, Hagg Sauer. We choose Hagg Sauer because of the high student/faculty/staff traffic, and the high number of faculty offices. The audit is performed over a 5-day period has been going on since 2008. The results are

  • 2008:                                                                                  
    • 59.45% Garbage
    • 20.65% Paper
    • 19.90% Containers
  • AFTER EDUCATION
    • 70.99% Garbage
    • 12.29% Paper
    • 16.72% Containers
  • 2009:
    • 85.21% Garbage
    • 8.15% Paper
    • 6.64% Containers
  • 2010:
    • 83.31% Garbage
    • 8.15% Paper
    • 6.28% Containers
        • 317 Java City cups
        • 33 lbs of potential compost
        • 15 lbs of liquid waste          
  • 2011:
    • 78.56% Garbage
    • 13.32& Paper
    • 8.13% Containers
      • 193 Java City cups
      • 13 lbs of potential compost
      • 12.5 lbs of liquid waste
      • 22.5 lbs of paper towels

"I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have no lived."
~ Henry David Thoreau (American essayist, poet and philosopher, 1817–1862)