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Seattle Colleges Sign-On to Ambitious Sustainability Goals

The Seattle Colleges recently joined forces with the Seattle 2030 District, a coalition of public and private entities in downtown Seattle focused on ambitious sustainability targets.

The 2030 District hopes to reduce energy, water, and transportation emissions 50 percent by the year 2030. The partnership with the 2030 District shows a commitment to regional leadership on college sustainability. Committing to ambitious goals will drive ambitious actions.

The Seattle Colleges hope to take advantage of many incentive programs (http://www.2030districts.org/seattle/district-member-resources) for energy and water efficiency offered through the 2030 District. Regular meetings and sharing of best practices with other 2030 District members will help keep the District at the cusp of sustainability innovations.

You can read about the Seattle 2030 District, its goals, and progress here:

http://www.2030districts.org/seattle/ »

Seattle Central Waste Audit to Improve Waste Efficiency

In January, Seattle Central’s recently formed Sustainability Council performed a comprehensive campus waste audit to determine the college’s overall waste composition.

Dozens of student and staff volunteers sorted more than 80 bags of waste and recycling from campus buildings. The volunteers were trained to measure and record waste in volume and weight and sorted it into nine different materials. As a result of the audit, the Sustainability Council identified specific areas for improvement.

Moving forward, the Council plans to post the waste audit results in high traffic areas, create uniform waste stations and signage, and introduce a campus-wide campaign around its newly implemented composting program.

Recology CleanScapes, which assisted with the audit, will train Sustainability Council members to be on-site experts as they roll out their campaign and continue to reduce waste on campus.

Click here for more info and waste audit results »