Zero Waste Goal

Zero Waste Goal

Zero Waste Living

Stanford University is highly committed to its goal of “Zero Waste,” and Student Housing is a leader in support of that target with numerous Zero Waste initiatives within its housing communities. Developed by Sustainable Housing Coordinator, Kristen Parineh, one of the most notable initiatives works with Stanford fraternities to voluntarily institute sustainable practices in their living environments. In fall quarter of 2014, Kappa Sigma – one of the larger fraternity houses on campus – unveiled its newly outfitted zero-waste house. Included in their program are three-stream recycling bins within residents’ rooms, new exterior recycling bins, updated signage, and a commitment to switch to recyclable plastic cups.

In attendance at Kappa Sigma’s rollout event and tour were representatives of R&DE Sustainable Living, PSSI/Stanford Recycling, the Green Living Council and the Stanford Green Store. Most notable guests were Shirley Everett, senior associate vice provost of Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), and Rodger Whitney, executive director of R&DE student housing. The goal for R&DE is for 20 row houses to adopt similar zero-waste programs by the end of the 2015 school year.

Zero Waste Events

How do you Zero Waste your event? Start with planning, and this key campus community resource: A Practice Guide for Sustainable Campus Events: Greening Events at Stanford (pdf). Make sure all consumables – including serviceware, decorations and giveaways – are either recyclable, compostable, or reusable (with a clear way to collect the unused reusables). And make sure to involve vendors or exhibitors. Order the appropriate sets of recycling and/or compost and/or trash bins, and let your attendees know what your goals are and what you would like them to do via your website, emails, in programs, signs on tables, or simple announcements, i.e. “don't forget to recycle and/or compost once you are done with your meal.” Arrange for staff or volunteers to monitor the bins and educate guests. At the end of the event, evaluate your results and plan for next time. See the Five Simple Tips to Reduce Waste at Your Event link below, as well as the other helpful links.

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