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CWU Sustainability

Current Sustainability Projects (discussed at Cafes)

Earth Day Event -Contact: Wendi Hembree
Date selected: April 17th

Education: Infusing Sustainability into Campus Tours and Recruitment -Contact: Andreas Moreno Benito
Creation of Sustainability rack card to promote sustainability measures and the sustainability certificate
Create a sustainability tour route including LEED buildings, recycling opportunities in residence halls, bike racks around campus, etc.
Create a quarterly sustainability newsletter

Food and Dining: Reduction in Food Waste -Contact: Joseph Pearson
Zero Waste week in April -Holmes Dining will be the focus areas, will have separate bin for only food waste and will weigh it every day.

Grounds/Dining: Permaculture Project at Wildcat Neighborhood Farm -Contact: Kate Doughty
The Food Forest project at the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm is focused on the design and implementation of a perennial, edible landscape that mimics relationships found in nature. We are in phase one of the project, which will eventually culminate in a productive, educational living laboratory.

Grounds: Xeriscape at Dean Hall -Contact: Blair McNeillie & Savannah Fields
Look at xeriscape opportunities. We will begin the project in April with a goal to finish by the end of the year.

Sustainable Investments -Contact: Toni Sipic
Review and change of the university’s investment practices
Create a CWU student investment fund
Set up investments so that donors can donate to a specific project
Get STARR score up so it can be a good for publicity and getting donors
List investment opportunities on the Sustainability website

Transportation: Bike to School/Work Day- Contact: Bradley Gasawski & Kristina Ernest
Bike to Campus Day May 1st, 2019

Click here to register. 

Waste Management: Waste reduction in Residence Halls - Contact: Joe Bach

Spring 2019 Sustainability Cafe

Winter 2019 Sustainability Cafe - Jan 23rd, 2019

 

Fall 2018 Sustainability Cafe - November 14th, 2018

A mixture of faculty, administration, students, and staff participated in the Fall Sustainability Cafe discussing current sustainability needs and efforts on campus. Over 60 people were in attendance and participated in discussions to get specific sustainability projects begun on campus. The following projects were the result of these discussions. 

Earth Day Event -Contact: Wendi Hembree
• Date selected: April 18th
• Rob will help with the marketing and advertisement of the event
• Tours of LEED building will be one activity

Education: Infusing Sustainability into Campus Tours and Recruitment -Contact: Andreas Moreno Benito
• Creation of Sustainability rack card to promote sustainability measures and the sustainability certificate
• Create a sustainability tour route including LEED buildings, recycling opportunitie in residence halls, bike racks around campus, etc.
• Create a quarterly sustainability newsletter
• Stronger social media presence about sustainability efforts

Food and Dining: Reduction in Food Waste -Contact: Joseph Pearson
• Focus on education about food waste
• Will push forward with education of food service employees about food waste specifically during pre & post production. Ex: watching serving sizes, asking students before serving large quantities
• Will do a Zero Waste week in February or April
o Holmes Dining will be the focus areas
o Will have separate bin for only food waste and will weigh it every day and post it

Grounds/Dining: Permaculture Project at Wildcat Neighborhood Farm -Contact: Kate Doughty
• Planning an edible perennial landscape
• This year will focus on the design
• Will survey the land and climate to figure out what to plant
• Will plant in spring

Grounds: Water use reduction at Brooklane -Contact: Shane Scott
• Look at zero scape opportunities in between each unit and in front of each building
• Will begin the project in April in hopes to finish by the end of the year
• A lot of data collecting needs to be completed, how much water is being used, what could be the undiscoverable when excavating etc.

Sustainable Investments -Contact: Toni Sipic
• Review and change of the university’s investment practices
• Create a CWU student investment fund
• Set up investments so that donors can donate to a specific project
• Get STARR score up so it can be a good for publicity and getting donors
• List investment opportunities on the Sustainability website

Transportation: Bike to School/Work Day- Contact: Bradley Gasawski
• Date not set yet, sometime in May because Bike to Work month is May
• Prizes for those who participate
• Will market it at Earth Day Event and other places

Waste Management: Waste reduction in Residence Halls - Contact: Joe Bach 
• Recycling program and education in the res halls with the help of environmental club
• Res hall recycling competition
• Try to roll out an all in one recycling program
• Make electronic recycling places more visible and known
• Provide contamination of recycling education to residents

Waste Management: Paper management in the bathrooms - Contact: Shane Scott
• Education campaign using stickers on paper towel dispensers and toilet paper dispensers
• Will conduct a feasibility study for the purchase of electric dryers
• Rewards in the Residence halls for reducing paper usage in bathrooms

 

 

 

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