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Office and lab clean-out tips

June 14th, 2016 @ 2:59 pm by Camille Kirk

Summer is here! If you are getting ready for the long break by cleaning out your office or lab, it’s easy to get rid of large amounts of recyclable waste and create a cleaner, less cluttered office space at the same time.

If you are cleaning out a workspace, it is very likely you’ll have paper and books to purge. Custodial Services can provide 64-gallon blue bin “toters” for mixed paper or hardbound books. It’s important to put hardbound books in a separate bin from mixed paper. blue_toter

To get bins delivered to your workspace, submit a work order — ideally at least two weeks before you plan to purge your office — with the number of bins you need, and preferred drop-off and pickup date. Recharge rates will vary depending on the nature of the request and number of bins.

Please help avoid contamination, or mixing of different recyclables, in the blue toter bins: Bubble wrap, binders, hardcover books and cardboard should not be put into a mixed paper blue bin. Because each of these materials are recycled differently, contamination is a problem that could result in a whole bin being sent directly to landfill, even if recyclables are inside.

For information on other workspace materials you might want to recycle, please consult the campus recycling “encyclopedia” and the move-out information on document destruction and electronics disposal.

If you have any other questions about reducing waste during your clean-out or general recycling questions, please contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling office at recycling@ucdavis.edu.

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Spring cleaning: E-waste drop-off next week

April 13th, 2016 @ 12:41 pm by Camille Kirk

Spring cleaning in the age of “e” means getting rid of broken electronics in an environmentally friendly way — and Aggie Surplus can do that for you. All you need to do is drop off your e-waste, for free, from noon to 3 p.m. next Tuesday, April 19, at the Hopkins Services Complex, 615 Hopkins Road, across from University Airport.

Acceptable items: Nonfunctioning, university-owned desktop (or smaller) electronic items such as desktop and laptop computers, monitors, keyboards and mice; software; printer fax machines and shredders; cords and cables; personal digital assistants; projectors, televisions, and VCR and DVD players; speakers and phones; typewriters and microwaves. (If you have any of these items that work, and want to get rid of them, Aggie Surplus will pick them up at no charge, for resale.)

Aggie Surplus’ e-waste collection also will accept small lab items, such as shakers and water baths.

Here’s what’s not acceptable: items with UC Davis property stickers; items requiring decommissioning (e.g., containing oil or refrigerant) or containing hazardous chemicals; household batteries (you can leave these for pick-up with your campus mail); and toner cartridges (also can be placed for pick-up with your campus mail).

Aggie Surplus gave these additional guidelines: Remove items from original packaging and do not place items in small boxes. And, if you’re dropping off a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) unit, remove the batteries. Finally, if you plan on dropping off a large quantity of items (50 or more), Aggie Surplus would appreciate advance notice.

Still have questions? Contact Aggie Surplus by telephone, 530-752-2145, or email.

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Taking the Cool Campus Challenge up a notch; and prizes!

November 4th, 2015 @ 12:22 pm by Camille Kirk

Cool Campus Challenge StampIt’s week 5 of the 10-week Cool Campus Challenge, a competition for staff, faculty and students to reduce our carbon footprint and create a #UCool culture, and UC Davis has slipped to third place (!) behind UCLA and UC Irvine. Looking at the data, UC Davis has almost the lowest points earned per person (10th, just in front of UC Irvine and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab). And UC Irvine and UCLA both have many more people signed up. Help get us back in the lead!

Log in and keep earning points – verify your pledges with a short explanation (“story”) of what you do, add actions, nominate eco-heroes, attend sustainability events, invite your colleagues to participate, and add photos of your pledges in action. You say you’ve taken all the pledges you can and you have nothing left to do in the Cool Campus Challenge ? We say, hold up, we have some new UC Davis-specific pledges for you this week. Try these:

  • Action: Check out the Campus Energy Education Dashboard (CEED) and write up what you’ve learned about the campus’s energy usage.

Example pledge “story” language: Buildings are the biggest energy consumers on campus and also present the biggest opportunity we have to save energy and support the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative. I saw how different types of buildings use energy on the Campus Energy Education Dashboard! See for yourself at ceed.ucdavis.edu!

Example pledge “story” language: I invited a friend to join me to go see sustainability spots at UC Davis; we used the Explore Sustainability map, which we found at tinyurl.com/ExploreSustainability (PDF). We were amazed at all of the different ways our campus is working on meeting big sustainability goals.

  •  Action: Learn about sustainability as a goal of the Long Range Development Plan for the future of our campus.

 Example pledge “story” language: The campus is beginning to plan our next ten years, with a campus Long Range Development Plan, and I learned how sustainability is one of three goals for our future at campustomorrow.ucdavis.edu.

  •  Action: Attend an environment/sustainability-related event; find one in the campus event calendar by selecting the Environment and Sustainability category.

Example pledge “story” language: I attended a department talk on “Life-Cycle Perspectives to Help Us Build, Move and Eat Within Our Environmental Means” and learned about life-cycle modeling to estimate greenhouse gas emissions. I found this event at http://ucdavis.edu/calendar/ and am going to look for more sustainability talks to attend!

We’ll post some more ideas next week. Look for others before then and add your ideas and actions below in the comments.

Camille Kirk, from the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office, awards solar charger prize to Cool Campus Challenge winner Jessica Galvan. Next prize drawing on Monday, November 9.

Camille Kirk, from the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office, awards solar charger prize to Cool Campus Challenge winner Jessica Galvan. Next prize drawing on Monday, November 9.

On Monday, Nov. 9, we’ll announce the next two prize-winners from a random selection of UC Davis participants who have at least 5,000 points. Our first two winners (October 26) of the biweekly prize drawing were Jessica Galvan, with the Facilities Management Energy Conservation Office and Pheng Vongkhamchang, with the Library. We’ll give out prizes every other week until the competition ends, and we’ll recognize our campus teams.

On December 11, the campus with the most points for reducing carbon will hold the title of the Coolest UC. Let’s make UC Davis the Coolest UC! Join us at coolcampuschallenge.org.

 

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UC Davis 2015 Sustainability Report Released

October 14th, 2015 @ 2:09 pm by Camille Kirk

UC Davis releases the 2015 Sustainability Report, documenting the university's progress towards key sustainability performance goals.

UC Davis releases the 2015 Sustainability Report, documenting the university’s progress towards key sustainability performance goals.

We’ve released the UC Davis 2015 annual sustainability report – check out our university’s progress toward meeting some of higher education’s most aggressive sustainability goals. There’s good reason why we are considered one of Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” – with 17 LEED certified buildings on campus, $15.5 million saved from energy efficiency upgrades and more than 180 courses per year with emphasis on sustainability. These are just a few of the ways that UC Davis is leading sustainability standards that advance best practices in higher education and beyond. Join us in celebrating our achievements and building a more sustainable UC Davis!

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UC Davis Rises to the Challenge Once Again

October 30th, 2014 @ 1:56 pm by Carol Shu

This post is written by Jean Kim, Waste Reduction and Recycling Staff Assistant.

Photo of Aggie Stadium

Aggie Stadium aims to be a zero waste stadium.
Photo credit: Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

GameDay Challenge is an annual competition between colleges and universities to reduce or eliminate waste produced at football games. Schools track and report the amount of waste that is produced and how much is diverted from the landfill. Participants are then ranked to show which schools were the most successful.

UC Davis will rise up to the GameDay Challenge again this year! In previous years we were recognized for our sustainability practices and we were declared the Diversion Rate Champion in 2010 and 2011. This year we will do our best to regain that title.

We will be calculating the amount of waste diverted for the Parent and Family Weekend Game on November 1st!! Please come out to show some school pride and support for your UC Davis Football Team (Go Aggies!!).

In order to ensure that we have extremely positive results from this game, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (WRR) has taken several measures.   First and foremost, WRR has drastically reduced the amount of waste that is introduced into the stadium by prohibiting several items from both students and vendors. Second, any items that are brought in are required to be either recyclable or compostable. Finally, WRR strives to educate the public how to properly dispose of their trash. Volunteers and staff will readily provide information to anyone that is unsure of which category to place their trash, diverting as much waste as possible away from the landfill.Logo of GameDay Recycling Challenge

Keep in mind that every piece of waste diverted matters, so remind your fellow peers about what can and cannot go into the recycling or compost bins!

GameDay Challenge is a way to award collegiate stadiums for their zero waste efforts. However, our goal goes much further than just winning this challenge – we strive towards a more sustainable campus. Aggie Stadium’s success is an inspiration to actively promote and implement ways to become zero waste throughout campus, not just at the stadium!

Be on the lookout for more updates on GameDay Challenge!

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UC Davis Farmers Market returned for fall

October 4th, 2013 @ 8:55 am by Camille Kirk

The following is a guest post from Jordan Galerkin, UC Davis Farmers Market Student Marketing Assistant, and junior year Community and Regional Development major:

 

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The UC Davis Farmers Market returned for fall on Wednesday, October 2nd. The market will run Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm on the Silo Union Patio during the academic fall quarter. The market continues to provide fresh and healthy food options to a busy campus community.

Of course, there will be plenty of fresh produce, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, honey, and more! This fall’s Farmers Market vendors include Cabral Family Orchards, Fruit Factory, Mt. Moriah Farms, Shoup Farms, Williamson Farms, UC Davis Student Farm, Toledo Farms, and Bullfrog Farms.

There will also be food vendors at the market with various lunch offerings. The ASUCD Coffee House will have a booth offering ‘CoHomemade’ pastries and coffee for just $1 each. Shah’s Halal Food Truck offers gyros and rice dishes, and Star Ginger Food Truck offers banh mi sandwiches and noodles. In addition, the Silo Union has several restaurant offerings.

Since 2007, the market has been a symbol of UC Davis’ commitment to sustainability and healthy lifestyles. It’s a zero-waste event, so don’t forget your reusable bag! Students can also become zero-waste volunteers at the market. Sponsors of the market include UC Dining Services, UC Davis Campus Recreations and Unions, the Davis Farmers Market Association, the Davis Food Co-op, UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services, ASUCD Coffee House, UC Davis Stores, UC Davis Fire Department, and UC Davis Student Housing.

The UC Davis Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability – Waste Reduction team, Campus Center for the Environment, Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC), Health Education and Promotion, KDVS, Occupational Health Services, UC Davis Staff Assembly and UC Davis Student Nutrition Association are friends and supporters of the market.

To join the UC Davis Farmers Market email list for weekly reminders, specials, and updates about the market, sign up at http://eepurl.com/p0jFH.

Hope to see you at the Market next Wednesday!

 

 

 

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Cool Davis Festival: Getting Cooler all the Time!

October 1st, 2013 @ 10:14 am by Camille Kirk

The following is a guest post from Lynne Nittler, a member of the City of Davis citizen climate action team, Cool Davis.

A solar photovoltaic vendor talks to an attendee at the 2012 Cool Davis Festival.

A solar photovoltaic vendor talks to an attendee at the 2012 Cool Davis Festival.

 

The 4th Annual Cool Davis Festival is Saturday, October 12th from 8:00-1:00 alongside the Farmers Market in Central Park. Enjoy entertainment, family activities, interactive exhibits, climate action opportunities and above all, information about reducing your carbon footprint at the food demonstrations, bike circus, EV-car show, and the Cool Solutions tent. Bike, or ride Unitrans for free all day. To volunteer, go to http://www.cooldavis.org/take-action/volunteer/ For details, go to http://www.cooldavis.org/2013/09/14/cool-davis-festival-getting-cooler-all-the-time/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turning waste to energy: California Bioresources Alliance Symposium

September 17th, 2013 @ 8:32 am by Camille Kirk

Register Today for the California Bioresources Alliance Symposium

 

UC Davis Extension is proud to present the eighth annual California Bioresources Alliance Symposium: A Call to Action, which takes place Sept. 18-19 at the Cal/EPA Building in Sacramento. The symposium will focus on recent California legislation addressing bioresources and the Bioenergy Action Plan, ways to address biogas challenges faced by dairies, wastewater plants, and forestry products residuals handlers, facility siting issues, and use of bioresources for mine reclamation.

Conference attendees will also tour the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s Biosolids Recycling Facility. Each year, the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant processes 26,000 dry tons of biosolids, 30 percent of which is beneficially recycled at the BRF. The site visit will highlight how the BRF fits into California’s regulatory history, and will also feature a tour of the fats, oils and grease subsystem.

  • Sept. 18-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • California EPA, 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA
  • $175 fee includes morning refreshments, lunch on the first day, evening networking reception and field trip
  • Discounted fee of $100 available for public sector employees, $35 for full-time students with valid ID

Who should attend?

Intended for all those involved with organic residuals, the symposium brings together industry professionals, municipalities, regulators, legislators, state and federal agencies, researchers, financers and other stakeholders.

2013 Planning Committee Members

U.S. EPA Region 9, California Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, CalRecycle, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Energy Commission, UC Davis Extension, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Western United Dairymen, Dolphin Group and Teru Talk

2013 Sponsors

BioCycle, Harvest Power, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Material Convert, Synagro, InSinkErator

 

Check the UC Davis Extension website for updates!

 

 

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Have fun; divert waste; eat well; and get a free tee-shirt!

September 9th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm by Camille Kirk

The following post comes from Jenni Porter, the Sustainability Coordinator for UC Davis Student Housing:

Part of Fall 2012 Move-in recycling team readies to collect foam and cardboard.

Part of Fall 2012 Move-in recycling team readies to collect foam and cardboard.

Housing is looking for student volunteers to help with the cardboard & polystyrene recycling for opening weekend. Duties will include assisting new residents in recycling, breaking down boxes, collecting polystyrene (packing foam), educating new residents on waste diversion, making sure waste gets into the proper bins, being silly and building cardboard forts, art pieces, etc. and showing the incoming freshmen that UC Davis is serious about sustainability – in a fun way, of course! 🙂

We need help on Saturday & Sunday (9/21 & 6/22) any time between the hours of 8am-5pm.  All volunteers working a full day get a cool “Recycling Crew” T-shirt and a free lunch at the DC!

If you are interested, please email me at jeporter@ucdavis.edu with your contact info, days/hours you are available, and a T-shirt size.

Thank you!
Jenni Porter, LEED® AP
Sustainability Coordinator | UC Davis Student Housing
housing.ucdavis.edu/sustainability | 530.752.2759

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Water: Fact or Fashion?

February 25th, 2013 @ 10:30 am by Camille Kirk

Guest blogger Alicia Brown, a third-year Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning major, Sustainability Showcase Curator and Green Offices Intern, writes about the latest installation in the Memorial Union Sustainability Showcase, located in the east wing, near the Information Desk and AggieCard Office.

Water: Fact or Fashion? Display in the UC Davis Memorial Union Sustainability Showcase.

Water: Fact or Fashion? Display in the UC Davis Memorial Union Sustainability Showcase.

The Sustainability Showcase has opened its second exhibit for viewing on the first floor of the Memorial Union! The theme of the exhibit is Water: Fact or Fashion and features disposable water bottles and issues surrounding water quality and use. Water is a vital aspect of our everyday lives, but when faced with the facts, is choosing to drink bottled water a necessity or a product of our society’s consumerism? Why do people pay more for their water than they need to?

When thinking about water, it’s hard not to consider safety and equity on a global scale, but the issues hit close to home as well–in the Central Valley where tap water is unsafe due to high concentrations of nitrates from agriculture, households are paying 4.6% (3 times the affordability threshold recommended by the EPA) of their income on relatively safer bottled water. Is this out of necessity or is it a fad? How do we solve the problem of water equity in our own state? These are some of the thought-provoking questions the exhibit invites you to explore.

With interesting visuals and a collection of water bottles from across the country and around the globe, Water: Fact or Fashion is intriguing and engaging.

Some of the collection's water bottles from around the world.

Some of the collection’s water bottles from around the world.

An interactive portion of the exhibit allows viewers to become part of the ongoing conversation about water.

Comment board, with a "Question of the Week" about water policy and use.

Comment board, with a “Question of the Week” about water policy and use.

The Showcase is a collaborative project between departments to provide information about various sustainability issues in keeping with UC Davis’ reputation as a #1 Cool School. Make sure to stop by and check it out! The exhibit is located on the first floor of the MU between the Corral and the Information Desk.

If you are interested in creating your own sustainability themed exhibit or have any thoughts and suggestions, please contact student curator Alicia Brown at the Office Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (aibrown@ucdavis.edu).

Many thanks to John O’Connor of H2O’C Engineering for giving us permission to display part of his collection of water bottles as well as visuals from his presentation.

 

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