Student-Led Projects Supported by Sustainability Center
December 09, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Dec. 9, 2020 — Four student-led projects focusing on improving campus sustainability received funding from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center.
The program, in its 14th year, gave $6,695 to help students engage in strengthening campus sustainability and support a shift to carbon neutrality. Students in the program also develop grant writing, project management and leadership skills.
Projects that received grants for 2020-21 include:
- Sorority and Fraternity Aluminum Can Recycling: Addie White, a senior in biological engineering from Boise, was awarded $983 to conduct an aluminum recycling competition among the Greek houses. The goals for the project are to introduce U of I students in the Greek community to the practice of recycling and to reduce the amount of aluminum cans entering the landfill. White was inspired to take on the project after the U of I recently shut down its campus recycling program. “Exposure to recycling during your time in college can cause a critical change in mindset for students who didn’t grow up recycling,” White said. “I hope this competition will be a fun and easy way for students to get into recycling and think about the environmental impact of everyday choices.”
- ATD Textile and Paper Recycling Bins: Ellie Hafer, a freshman in apparel, textiles and design (ATD) from Lewiston, was awarded $783 to build and install recycling bins for scrap fabric and paper in ATD’s design studios. The bins will reduce the amount of reusable material entering the waste stream and will educate students about textile sustainability.
- Greek Energy Smart Readers: Beth Hoots from West Linn, Oregon and Natalie Wiley from Nampa, both seniors in ecology and conservation biology, were awarded $2,200 to install Smart energy meters in five fraternity and sorority houses. The meters will be used to conduct an energy use competition between the houses. Some studies have shown that the use of energy meters can influence people’s behaviors and reduce electricity use. Wiley said her goal is it to make “the Greek community on campus more environmentally friendly in a new innovative way.” Hoots said that this project “has the potential to create lasting lifestyle and attitude changes by taking daily sustainable action.”
- Hartung Grasses: Annika Esau, a senior in computer science from Tigard, Oregon, was awarded $2728.12 to replace a 12,500-square-foot section of lawn grass in front of the Hartung Theater with a drought-tolerant grass. The new grass requires less mowing and watering, reducing campus water use and carbon footprint. Esau said she hopes this project will inspire similar efforts.
A student-led organization, the Sustainability Center supports efforts to create an active culture of sustainability and is committed to developing and maintaining healthful, educational living environments while fully integrating sustainable practices at U of I. More information is at firstname.lastname@example.org or uidaho.edu/sustainability.
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