Assembled by the Senate Sustainability Subcommittee, Student Senate approved official recommendations to the college’s Sustainability Task Force earlier this year. They were guided by evaluating data collected from the student body as well as consultations with the leaders of student environmental organizations. The recommendations made included the development of a formal staff position to coordinate campus sustainability practices, the investigation of campus long-term carbon pollution reduction, and the development of alumni giving opportunities to campus sustainability.

Representatives from the President’s Sustainability Task Force met with SGA programmers near the end of first semester and discussed how to sustainably program events and brainstormed some ideas to better program events revolving around sustainability. The most exciting idea that came from this meeting was the idea to have a traveling conversation series around how sustainable different aspects of the college are and how they can improve in the future (Academics, Facilities, Student Activities, Residence Halls, etc.).

Discussions of sustainable approaches to programming have been taking place within SGA as well. A number of branches of SGA are implementing environmentally minded practices:

The Pause: The Pause has been working persistently towards goals of sustainability this year. They have installed a single napkin dispenser, dramatically decreased the amount of take-out clamshell usage, and are constantly encouraging customers to eat-in using pizza trays, instead of wasting boxes. The Pause also composts food waste and installed the water bottle filling station outside of the kitchen. They’ve already saved 11,748 water bottles this year.

SAC: Student Activities Committee has made a number of steps towards sustainable practices. They are choosing to make purchases locally, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing shipping distances, and they are ordering more products in bulk to save on needless packaging. Additionally, SAC is relying on more methods of paperless advertising to reduce paper waste.

ADC: After Dark Committee is focusing on minimizing excess at events this year. They are eliminating waste through the reuse of a number of supplies and decorations at every event. ADC also hosted an astrophotography event this fall, which highlighted environmental values and promoted campus awareness of StoGrow farm.