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Hello Augsburg sustainability partners! Please add any stories, data, or updates you have for any of these items. Insert a new row underneath items if there is already information listed, and ad your name so we can follow up as needed. Check all tabs below, please!
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CategoryYour NameUpdates/Progress - include date and any other helpful information!Other Stories or Notes
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Waste Reduction
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Active recycling program that includes cans & bottles, paper, cardboard and electronic equipmentAllyson GreenSingle stream + organics added in 2015Electronics still happening anywhere? IT recules computers when they get new shipments.... but anything else? EAC worked on a battery & electronics recycling program fall 2018, but found it hard to implement as recycling facilities wanted an estimate of our electronic waste, which we don't have info for.
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Trash audits by students to measure effectiveness of recycling programLink to any waste audit data we have!
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Composting of all yard waste through Allied WasteAllyson GreenStill happening - Waste Management
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Composting of dining hall organic waste through Allied Waste and Hennepin CountyAllyson GreenStill happening - Waste Management
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Elimination of trays in the dining hall to reduce water use and food wasteAllyson GreenStill happeningAny stats on this?
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Increased awareness by campus groups planning events to adhere to environmentally-friendly practices (e.g., re-using decorations; using biodegradable products)Allyson GreenStaples purchasing includes priority for certified-compostable, post-recycled content
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IT User Support recycles #4 plastic and styrofoam to reduce waste of computer packaging with the annual lease of computersChristy MattinglyStill happening
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Energy Reduction
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Electricity use reduction contests in residence halls to educate students on energy conservation.When was the last time this happened?
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Student and staff collaboration to stop and educate the campus about vampire energy
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Ongoing energy reduction projects by facilities departmentAllyson GreenLED lighting, automatic light switchesEAC has put money aside ($5000) in the 2019-2020 budget for LED lighting around campus
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Use of the most efficient fluorescent lights available for all public areas on campus and increased use of compact fluorescent lamps on campus in offices and residencesAllyson GreenNow switching to LEDEAC has put money aside ($5000) in the 2019-2020 budget for LED lighting around campus
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Energy efficient washers and dryers in all residence hallsAmanda ErdmanAll washers and dryers were switched to energy efficient front loading systems in 2010 with contracted service providersEAC willing to partner with Student Concerns and Residence Life on this project in 2019-2020
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Transportation
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50% discount on all transit passes for all faculty, staff and studentsAllyson GreenStill available. In conversation for universal MetroTransit Pass for all day studentsBut not adult undergrad?
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HOURCAR hub location on campusAllyson GreenYes, still host one HOURCAR behind OGC
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Enhanced student bike sharing program (e.g., installation of bike shelters on campus)Allyson GreenEAC revamp of bike-share in 2018 with 9 brand new bikes and contract with The Hub for maintenance. Stored outside library. (7/9 bikes stolen in summer 2018.... but replaced in fall 2018. Fleet is down to 6 bikes); Bike racks were added inside Urness, Mortensen, and Anderson with EAC collaboration as first year residential students parking status changed
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Nice Ride Minnesota - Minneapolis’ newest bike-sharing program modeled after program in Paris; Augsburg one of several founding sponsors (More information at http://www.niceridemn.org/)Allyson GreenStill host NiceRide on campus
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Zoom video conferencing software has allowed an increase of students attending class remotely from home, reducing pollution caused by driving to a campus (Rochester or Mpls)Christy MattinglyStill happening
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Community and Local Food Services.
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Community garden shared by faculty, staff, A'viands (campus food service provider) and neighborhood residentsAllyson GreenYes, with redesign in 2018. 63 4x15 spaces for gardeners with shared student plots
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Campus Kitchens program that prepares food for the elderly and poor using food from campus that might otherwise be discardedAllyson GreenStill happeningStats available from Allyson if needed
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Increased use of local foods by A’viands and increased variety of vegetarian and vegan meal optionsLocal food still purchased?
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Sponsor and site of West Bank Farmers Market during the summer (organized by Campus Kitchens coordinator)Allyson GreenWest Bank Farmers Market closed after 2016 season
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ALAS Contamination Clean UpDaniel DegolladoWe have signed 100 volunteers so far!

This project will take place in Augsburg University - Murphy's Square.

ALAS will sign up Augsburg Students and Staff to engage in contamination clean up. The project consist in clean up trash/litter or any other physical contamination from Murphy's Square and the surroundings. We will set up teams to go around campus and clean up after the snow has melted down. Our goals consist of: Create environmental conscience, have a Cleaner Campus, Improve animal life, Inspire others to do the same, and Educate participants on the difference between Trash, Recycling, and Compost.
PARTICIPANTS WILL GET A T-SHIRT, AN ALAS WATER BOTTLE, AND CHIPOTLE!

Details:
Monday April 22, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 pm
As stated in ALAS constitution, if you participate in our volunteering event, you are eligible for active membership in our organization.
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Conservation
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30% post consumer paper used in all copiers and printers
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Printer monitoring system to help reduce paper use
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Use of low flow fixtures on most sinks, showers and toilets on campus
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Use of hydrogen peroxide base cleaning chemicals for most general cleaning on campus including floors, windows, general surface cleaning. Use of hydrochloric and phosphoric acids reduced to only most difficult cleaning jobs. Increased use of microfiber cloths to reduce use of paper towels for cleaningAllyson GreenSwitched over to EcoLab Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals. EAC identified bathroom cleaner that still was not GreenSeal in 2018 and presented to Custodial Task Force. Check with Facilities - all chemicals now GreenSeal?
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Plans for online applications and brochures for study abroad programs by Fall 2010 to reduce paper use in the office as well as the number of printed brochures/catalogs that the study abroad programs will need to print
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Use of “green” graduation gowns beginning in 2010 (gowns made from recycled materials; reusing gowns from year to year)
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WD-40 replaced by food-safe silicone lubricantChristy MattinglyReduces environmental toxinsWhen WD-40 was used on the air intake vents for the library, it took hours for the fumes ot dissispate. After meeting with Facilities Management, Bryan Massich, explained there would be a replacement.
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Environmental Design
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Native plant rain gardens and storm water catchment basinsAllyson GreenStill exist - outsourced maintenance to Outdoor Lab, re-planted in 2018
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Plans for new LEED-certified Center for Science, Business, and Religion which will serve as a focal point for the campus work on sustainabilityAllyson GreenLEED Gold certified Hagfors Center!!
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