Moving to a greener tomorrow
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by Helen Ganahl, Seattle Central student and Sustainability Council member
Building upon successes of the former Student Sustainability Club and the Sustainability Committee, the newly ratified Seattle Central College Sustainability Council- a small but dynamic combination of staff, faculty, and students- is ready to continue advancing various campus-related food, waste, energy, water, and other sustainability initiatives
Co-chair and Seattle Central student Leila Blair provides some back-story: “I joined the council in the fall of 2015. At that time the district sustainability coordinator was Ian Siadek. We called ourselves a council but were not formally recognized, which didn’t make things very easy for us. I remember visiting the Bullitt Center and afterwards talking about how we could implement similar sustainable practices at Central.”
With Adam Maurer acting as our new District Sustainability Coordinator, we’re looking forward to an active, meaningful year. Currently the council is focused on streamlining and clarifying the college’s waste management practices. Students who pause at one of Central’s many trash receptacles may note the newly laminated, easily read signs (procured in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities); trying to pick the right bin for discarding a disposable coffee cup should no longer seem like another midterm. Understanding the three available bin options will require only a quick glance – whether for a coffee cup (blue recycling bin), a banana peel (green compost bin), or a Fritos bag (grey landfill bin). Thanks Sustainability Council!
Looking to the future, the council is exploring attending The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference in February of 2017.
A big thanks goes to the folks at Student Leadership for their generous support during the council’s prolonged trek to official council-dom. Another big thanks goes to our co-chairs Julia Buchans and Leila Blair, for making our council -dreams a reality.
Interested in joining? The council is comprised of seven to fifteen decision-making members who reflect the college as a whole, but proceedings are open to the community. Any faculty, staff, or student interested in serving on the council is encouraged to complete the application available on the Seattle Colleges Sustainability website, http://seattlecolleges.edu/green/studentactions/sacentral.aspx, and send it to email@example.com.
The Grove at North College now has consistent waste stations with standard bins for Compost, Recycle and Garbage. Help the college reduce its carbon footprint and "Keep our Campus Clean and Green."
If you have any suggestions for how we can continue to improve this system, visit the Sustainability Office in CC1453A or give us a call at (206) 634-6127.
The Sustainability Office will also begin an outreach and education campaign that will include flyers and information for new student and international programs orientation every quarter, along with special events to remind current students how to properly dispose of waste and recycling.