|Submission Date||Sept. 29, 2014|
|2.00 / 4.00||
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
|Yes or No|
|Air & Climate||No|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||Yes|
|Diversity & Affordability||No|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||No|
As part of an Environmental Science & Policy graduate capstone class in 2012, a team of graduate students worked on a project using GIS mapping of campus grounds to identify prospective areas that could be converted from turf-managed (mowing, etc.) to natural, un-managed land. They did a cost-benefit analysis to show the potential impact from less need for personnel as well as the impact on the carbon footprint. Although no action has been taken to date to implement the plan presented, discussion on feasibility and aesthetics has been discussed.
In 2012/2013, a graduate student in Environmental Policy conducted her master's thesis on looking at contracting options and alternatives for the campuswide waste and recycling contracts in order to deliver a more environmentally friendly and cost effective result. A new recycling hauler was identified for campus which provided a closer, more local MRF, saved money for the campus, and in Spring 2014, will also allow campus to expand the acceptable items collected for recycling.
In the 2013/2014 academic year, an Eco-Reps program consisting of four undergraduate students serving as peer advisors was launched in Residence Life's freshman housing buildings. The Eco-Reps are responsible for developing, planning and coordinating educational and awareness building events focused on sustainability and sustainable living on campus. They also have joined the Residence Hall Association as sustainability advisors, helping to keep RAs beyond the freshman housing options informed on their efforts.
The 2013 Environmental Planning and Science capstone course included a group of students whose semester-long project examined ways to generate citizen acceptance of a city-wide composting program for the City of Green Bay, WI.
The Student Government Affairs (SGA) group has an Environmental Affairs subcommittee. This subcommittee manages the Student Sustainability Fund, which is funded by a fee each semester that is targeted toward sustainability focused programs or projects. In 2012/2013 school year, funds were used to install four hydration stations across campus, with promotions to encourage the use of refillable water bottles rather than purchasing bottled water. Well-accepted and used by the campus community, success can be seen in the continuing requests to add addition stations in all buildings.
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