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Abby Smurzynski MAS2019

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Presentation for the Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Abby Smurzynski MAS2019

  1. 1. Green Office Program 2019 Abby Smurzynski 1
  2. 2. Office of Sustainability: Overview of Initiatives ● The 2016 Brandeis University Climate Action Plan ○ Reduce carbon emissions by 10% by FY18, 15% by FY 2020 ○ FY18, we surpassed our goal and reduced emissions by 12.6% ● Recent developments ○ Brandeis Catering Services: Now all- compostable! ○ Increasing compost locations ○ Campus switch to recycled content paper ○ LED lighting projects across campus 2 ● In the works ○ Tesla battery storage demonstration project ○ Investigating procurement of 100% renewable electricity for campus ○ Annual move-out donation program
  3. 3. Green Office Certification Steps 1. Presentation 2. Fill out checklist & send back 3. Display your medal! We can help with… ● Composting in your kitchen ● Switching to compostable coffee service ● Holding green events ● Reducing bottled water/ Poland Spring ● And more! 3 Spiritual & Religious Life Hiatt Career Center English Department Student Affairs WSRC Conference & Events
  4. 4. Checklist
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  6. 6. 6 We’re #11 of 250+!
  7. 7. Checklist
  8. 8. Why compost? 8 ● Diverts food waste from landfills and incinerators ● Breaks down waste much faster than landfills ● Creates nutrient- rich soil, which can be used instead of chemical fertilizers in plant cultivation ● It’s the law! ● Black Earth Compost ultimate guide to composting Our compost facility: Black Earth Compost Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  9. 9. Hiking on compost 9 Temperatures reach over 150F!
  10. 10. Checklist
  11. 11. Catering has gone compostable! Make your events even greener by: ● Following the Green Event Guidelines ● Using the Sodexo Green Menu ○ Climate-friendlier choices pulled from regular menu ○ No beef or individually-bottled beverages ● Example: Sandwich buffet product instead of boxed lunches = less trash! 11 5 point

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