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Pacific Sustainability

Welcome to the blog for Pacific University's Center for a Sustainable Society. Here you can find articles we've authored and shared, tips on green living, and other fun sustainability-related things.
Feb 5 '14

Recyclemania 2014!

Do you know about Recylemania and how cool it is? No? Then keep reading!

Pacific University will be participating in Recyclemania this year. The event goes through February and ends on the 29th of March.

What is Recyclemania?

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. [x]

Recyclemania has been going for thirteen years. 

RecycleMania began in January 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University, when the two recycling coordinators at the schools were looking for a way to motive their student bodies to recycling more. The two schools decided to take advantage of the existing sports rivalry and challenged each other to see who could recycle the most. The first year Miami University came away with the win, collecting 41.2 lbs/person but Ohio wasn’t far behind recycling 32.6 lbs/person over the 10 week challenge.

For a full calendar, follow this link.

How can I participate?

Take the pledge! Make a promise to recycle everything you can during the next two months. If you’re at Pacific, follow us on facebook to get updates on special events.

Look more carefully at what you throw away. Can it be recycled? Take your used items to Goodwill (there’s one less than a mile from campus) or offer them to  your friends.

If you are not a member of the Pacific community, see if your school is participating. If you are not currently attending a school, you can make your own personal pledge to be more diligent with your recycling.

Take the pledge to recycle here.

Why should I participate?

Recycling is awesome. Not recycling is not awesome.

  • we still dump more than 100 million tons (90.719 million metric tons) of trash into landfills annually [x]
  • recycling efforts in the United States divert 32 percent of waste away from landfills. That prevents more than 60 million tons (54.432 million metric tons) of garbage from ending up in landfills every year [x]
  • a slurry of chemicals thrown into landfills creates leachate, a toxic substance that creates a lot of pollution and can contaminate ground water supplies
  • Not all our resources are renewable. The trees we make paper from are a renewable resource, but in order to grow them, old growth forests are cleared to make space. The manufacture of most plastics requires the use of fossil fuels.
  • Many recycling processes use less energy than the processes for making new materials
  • It saves and makes money. Economic analysis shows that recycling can generate three times as much revenue per ton as landfill disposal and almost six times as many jobs. [x]

Still not convinced? You’ll get bragging rights, because you’ll recycle so much that Pacific is the clear winner.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year. [x]

Still not convinced?

If you want more general information re: Recylemania, take a look at their website.

Jan 17 '14
Jan 17 '14

Just a few out of thousand reasons why to plant trees

ilzelemon:

  • one tree stores an average of 10 kg CO2 per year
  • two mature trees provide oxygen for four people per year
  • trees can be effective windbreaks
  • trees improve air quality
  • trees protect against soil erosion
  • trees intercept and store water
  • trees are home for millions of living beings 

    I planted my lemon tree, what you are waiting for?

Jan 17 '14

greenlivingagent:

Found this baby on Amazon and bought one for everyone for Christmas!  You can plug something into and set the timer for how long electricity actually flows through the plug!  How awesome is this?!?!  I usually plug my phone in at night before I go to bed but I know it doesn’t take all night to charge it so now I can plug it into this and it quits using electricity after the specified time.  I LOVE this energy saving tool and will probably need to buy  more!!!

Jan 16 '14
bravelittlespoon:

I’m thinking about doing something like this in my house for the winter- Fresh herbs are the BEST and the fewer food choices you have, the more you need to be able to dress them up! Plus, it’s so pretty!

bravelittlespoon:

I’m thinking about doing something like this in my house for the winter- Fresh herbs are the BEST and the fewer food choices you have, the more you need to be able to dress them up! Plus, it’s so pretty!

Jan 16 '14
joelsson:

Why Is Natural Gas So Cheap?
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joelsson:

Why Is Natural Gas So Cheap?

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Jan 16 '14
Jan 15 '14
iwanttoberecycled:

kraftykristin:

Fork bracelet tutorial! So neat!
(via DIY: Fork bracelet tutorial | Simple Design)

I want to be bent to your will.

iwanttoberecycled:

kraftykristin:

Fork bracelet tutorial! So neat!

(via DIY: Fork bracelet tutorial | Simple Design)

I want to be bent to your will.

Jan 15 '14
mothernaturenetwork:

Molecular chlorine found at high levels in Arctic atmosphereThe chlorine originates in sea salt and may have a role in climate change.

mothernaturenetwork:

Molecular chlorine found at high levels in Arctic atmosphere
The chlorine originates in sea salt and may have a role in climate change.

Jan 15 '14
Tags: gmo organic food