Sustainability Highlights from 2012-2013 Academic Year

Sustainability Highlights:

  • Live Green Challenge, a competition between Resident Halls to reduce waste and increase recycling from October to November. Collectively, all Resident Halls increased the volume of recycling. Congratulations to Sewlangster who won the Live Green Recycling competition between Resident Halls.
  • Sustainability in the Diner:
    • Composting in the Diner, Puget Sound is partnering with the City of Tacoma Parts 3Environmental Services on a pilot “InSinkErator” project in The Diner dish room.  An InSinkErator is similar to a large, commercial garbage disposal except it is designed for effective pre- and post-consumer food waste processing.  City of Tacoma waste treatment facilities have been designed to convert pre- and post-consumer waste via the waste water system into Tagro fertilizer.
    • Farm to Table, the Dining and Conference Services (DCS) partnered with Tahoma Tahoma Farms family with tractorFarms this past year to provide local and seasonal produce almost every month this past year. DCS collaborated with Students for a Sustainable Campus in an effort to educate students and campus community members about the benefits of buying local. In the past, DCS has featured tomatoes, beets, winter squash, and kale depending on the season availability.
  • Capacity Building in SAC Outreach:
    • Communication, SAC Outreach created new Loggers Live Green Facebook page and blog to promote sustainability events and projects throughout campus.
    • New Loggers Eat Green Logo, SAC Outreach created a new logo Loggers Eat LLG_food_taglineGreen to encompass all of the effort in the Diner to provide local and sustainable produce.
    • Graduation Fair Green Pledge, graduating seniors have the opportunity to pledge and account sustainability as they enter a career by signing a pledge and wearing a pin upon graduation.
  • ASUPS Sustainability Efforts:
    • Green Fee, ASUPS in collaboration with SAC developed a Green Fee where students will contribute $3 to create a pool of money for students to apply for grants to create projects to promote sustainability on campus.
    • ASUPS Director of Sustainability Position, ASUPS introduce a new sustainability liaison position that will next year represent and promote sustainability within ASUPS programs. The Director, Sadie Boyle, will work directly will help manage the Green Fee.
  • Why Bottled Water Campaign, the Why Bottled Water campaign is a partnership Tap That Posterof Students for a Sustainable Campus (SSC), Associated Students of University of Puget Sound (ASUPS), Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), and Puget Sound’s Dining and Conference Services who together are working to decrease the number of single-use plastic water bottles sold in the Diner.
  • Earth Week, Puget Sound participated in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day in a week of events. The week began with SSC’s biannual Student Market that featured an array of handmade crafts and baked goods all created by students. Next, SAC celebrated the range of sustainability accomplishments on campus in the Earth Day Showcase where President Ronald Thomas spoke on behalf of Loggers Live Green.  All week long a range of events promoted living sustainably fromthe E-Waste campaign IMG_20130425_151918that collected electronics, to SSC and Ocean Intellect’s joint Earth Economics and Sound Keepers Presentation and documentary. Additionally, the Diner led two successful cooking demonstrations that taught students and faculty the ease of making homemade ricotta and mozzarella cheese, as well as grilling local and seasonal food.
  • New Greek Sustainability Council, Greek life created the new Greek Sustainability Council this spring that organized the first ever full Greek life event, Thrift Shop for a Cause. The GSC collected items from all the Greek houses and from others unaffiliated to install low-flow showerheads in the Greek houses. The GSC is currently creating bylaws to continue to work on sustainability into next fall.
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