Archive for November, 2009

Clean Energy Forum on Wednesday

With the UN Climate Change Conference fast approaching, the W&M Student Environmental Action Coalition and national youth climate organization Focus the Nation are looking to get College and community members talking about local and national solutions to climate change issues. The two organizations are co-hosting a Clean Energy Forum here on campus this Wednesday, December 2nd at 7PM in Andrews Hall 101.

There’s an excellent panel lined up, including former Virginia Delgate and Democratic candidate for governor Brian Moran!

Find out more information here.

I hope to see you all there!

November 30th, 2009

Great News From Dining Services!

There’s quite a bit of great news coming out of Dining Services these days. The three student sustainability interns hired by Aramark at the beginning of the year are certainly earning their keep! The changes they’ve made will reduce the dining halls’ waste output and save Dining Services and the College quite a bit of money.

  • New napkin dispensers are on display at the dining halls. These dispensers (containing napkins made with 100% recycled paper, of course) reduce napkin use by 25%, because they only release one napkin at a time.
  • Individual condiment bottles are on the way out — but new condiments, placed in larger centralized dispensers, are replacing them. All of your old favorites will still be available: ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, etc. But you’ll be seeing some additions, including a “sweet heat” hot sauce from Frank’s, and barbecue sauce, too!
  • Possibly the biggest change, though, is the new reusable take-out container program launching in the Spring! Starting in January, students can sign up to join the reusable take-out container program. When swiping in, students can ask for one of the containers, and upon bringing it back to the dining hall, they will receive 10 cents on their Flex Points! In addition, the student who uses the reusable containers the most times by late April will receive 50 additional Flex Points. That’s a lot of Domino’s! Are you a student interested in joining the program? Email the Sadler Center RFoC sustainability intern, Ian Fuller, at ibfuller@wm.edu to join!

November 12th, 2009

America Recycles Day is this Sunday!

This Sunday, November 15th, is America Recycles Day! The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)’s Recycling Campaign is organizing a fantastic day of events, to be held from 2:00pm – 5:00pm in the Sunken Gardens (the rain plan is for Chesapeake B in the Sadler Center).

Leading up to the event, keep an eye out for the bale of compacted aluminum cans provided by our recycling vendor, Tidewater Fiber. You’ll see it, along with some interesting facts on recycling at W&M, in some of the most traveled areas of campus until Sunday.

Some of the highlights for Sunday’s event:

  • A Recycled Fashion Show will be held at 3:45! All students are welcome to attend in any sort of recycled outfit! Judging the show will be Modern Languages professor Regina Root, along with two students from Professor Root’s Ethical Fashion class. President Reveley will also make an appearance as a guest celebrity judge! The winner will receive a WaWa gift card!
  • Bring a recyclable item and enter a raffle to win another WaWa gift card.
  • Alpha Phi Omega will be giving away free recycled notebooks. Finally, a use for all of those Swem printer cover sheets…
  • Free cider will be provided — as long as you bring your own cup, of course!
  • Goodwill Industries, Trader Joe’s, and Harris Teeter will be giving away free reusable shopping bags.
  • There will be plenty of live music from campus bands.

So make sure to come out Sunday from 2-5 for America Recycles Day. Looks like it’ll be a great time!

November 12th, 2009


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