In collaboration with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), SGA has created a two-part webinar series on campus sustainability geared towards Illinois colleges and universities. The first of which on April 26 was titled “Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus.” It focused on state-funded colleges and universities as it discussed Illinois mandates for recycling and diversion in higher education institutions. The next webinar will be on campus composting and will be May 22.
Webinar #1: Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus (April 26)
Understanding a campus’ waste stream can have positive economic and environmental benefits, as well as provide opportunities to improve current programs. In 2017, an Illinois Act mandating state-funded colleges to conduct a campus waste audit every five years shifted responsibilities to the Illinois EPA. Although requirements are not currently set in stone, the next update would be due by the end of calendar year 2020. Even if your school is not required to conduct a campus waste audit, it can still be a useful tool and positive experience. Join this webinar to learn about other IGEN college’s experiences and tips on completing a waste audit and how to use it as a tool to improve campus-wide.
Jen Nelson and Alli Preble from Seven Generations Ahead provided an overview of the variety of ways in which you can conduct an audit and then use the information to reduce waste on campus. They also reviewed the state mandate and requirements for Illinois community colleges and public universities.
Adrian Fisher shared Triton College’s experience conducting waste audits, implementing recycling and composting on campus, and holding zero waste events. She discussed how waste assessments, in their most basic form, are a continual process on campus that require ongoing education.
David Husemoller from the College of Lake County shared how they expanded routine waste audits into a social and sustainability research project that engaged students both in audits and determining best practices for diverting waste.
You can find the presentation with audio here. If you would like to view just a PDF, click here. There is also a link to the recording is on the first slide page of the PDF. You can also access the presentation by clicking the image above.
Webinar #2: Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery (May 22)
The next webinar will be on May 22, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, and will cover a variety of composting initiatives on IGEN college campuses. This will include food recovery and donation, front and back of house composting, commercial and on-site composting, and information related to bins and signage. Click HERE TO REGISTER for the second webinar now!