The Colleges’ 10% & 10% competition is off to a great start! Students, faculty and staff have been working to achieve the goal of a 10% increase in recycling and a 10% decrease in energy consumption. Last week more than 40 students turned out to scavenge the campus for recyclables during the 2nd annual Sustainability Sweep. Collecting more than 1,100 pounds of recyclables in less than an hour, the students succeeded in getting the word out about the 10% & 10% campaign.
Next up in the campaign is the second round of the Waste Audit. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, students from Assistant Professor Darrin Magee’s environmental studies course, The Geography of Garbage, will gather again in front of the Scandling Campus Center to forage through one day’s worth of HWS waste – trash and recycling. This time the students will monitor the garbage in hopes of seeing an increase in the amount of recycling, as well as a change in the amount of recyclables HWS misplaces in the trash and sends to the landfill. During the first round of the Waste Audit 707 pounds of recyclables were collected.
Sustainability Coordinator Jamie Landi ’08 says this second waste audit will allow the Colleges see how the campus is performing. “Hopefully, our assessment will prove that Hobart and William Smith are changing their waste management practices and moving closer to our 10% recycling goal,” he says. “Students, faculty and staff really should swing by Scandling on February 15 before 2 p.m. to see the amount of waste – nearly 2,000 pounds that HWS discards every day; it’s pretty astonishing, but if we work as community and remember to toss recyclables into the blue bin and keep food and liquids out, then I think we’ll meet our 10% goal by April 17.”
In addition to the success of both the Sustainability Sweep and the Waste Audit, the Colleges launched their first Dining in the Dark experiment. The Experiment led more than 200 students to sign onto the Colleges’ Energy Commitment. By signing the Commitment students pledge to work to decrease their energy consumption with the intent of assisting HWS in reaching the goal of a 10% energy reduction. The Energy Commitment is available on the 10% & 10% Facebook page! Be sure to check it out.