Past projects have included:
food for thought food pantry refrigerator
A refrigerator was purchased and installed in Fall 2015 for the Dean of Students Food for Thought Food Pantry to increase the amount of fresh produce and perishables available to students who are in need of food.
compost pilot program
A composting pilot program is now underway on campus, as a result of a food waste audit in Suwannee Hall, which revealed the amount of landfill-bound waste. The program was started by Dr. Laura Keller's Living Green: Theory to Action class in Spring 2015. This ongoing composting program is a collaborative effort between FSU Solid Waste & Recycling, FSU Grounds Maintenance, students and professors. It continues to be tested and expanded on. By turning food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer, waste can be eliminated and used as free source of fertilizer around campus.
PeaceJam’s waste reduction efforts
PeaceJam is committed to waste reduction strategies at their conferences and events. They provided reusable water bottles and mugs for all 1,200+ attendees of the 2015 and 2016 PeaceJam Southeast conference, as well as compostable service ware for meals.
Mini-Green Fund Grants
In 2013-2014, FSU’s Student Government Association provided $10,000 to support a Mini-Green Fund. This Mini-Green Fund supported three student-led sustainability projects. Each project focused on educational and operational strategies to reduce the amount of waste generated on campus.
- Students involved with PeaceJam “greened” the annual Southeast PeaceJam conference through waste reduction strategies. As representatives of FSU and PeaceJam, they honored PeaceJam’s environmentally-focused Global Calls to Action by creating a project that would positively impact the world. Over 700 attendees reduced their eco-footprints by using reusable water bottles and compostable food service items (plates, cups, utensils) throughout the weekend.
- Sustainable Engineered Solutions (SES), a student organization from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE), set up an educational series for engineering students to learn more about sustainability in the context of waste reduction in their department. The places stickers on paper towel dispensers reminding users that “[paper towels] come from trees and to please only take only what you need.” SES/COE branded reusable mugs were distributed to students to use at the COE coffee station. Students also received a discount when they used their reusable mug.
- Strozier and Dirac Libraries were outfitted with hydration stations, giving library users an easy way to refill their reusable water bottles.