Sustainability Grant Recipients
We are pleased to announce the Sustainability Grant Recipients for 2006-2007. Our community looks forward to seeing these projects implemented and we hope to offer these grants again next year. We would also like to thank everyone for their applications and participation and we look forward to seeing the results.
Bike Shop for a Better Willamette
As a bike riding student I see the need for an on-campus bike shop/workspace. The goal of this project is to obtain tools, space and volunteers for an accessible, user-centered bike shop where Willamette community members can fix common problems on their bikes, learn more about general bike maintenance, and share knowledge with other interested community members. Hopefully the open sharing of information and ideas will foster an environment of increased bike advocacy on the Willamette campus as well as in the greater Salem community. I want to do this because it will encourage bike riding and will reward those who already ride their bikes by providing them a way to maintain their sustainable mode of transportation. This project will help alleviate the parking crisis, enhance the general fitness level of Willamette students and staff, and most importantly, support the sustainable practice of riding bicycles instead of consuming non-renewable resources to get to campus or work.
Commit to Sustainability
The purpose of this proposal is to help TIUA students develop a greater understanding of the impact that they have on the environment in a University setting, to educate them about how to participate in the recycling program that exists on campus, to ask them to make a commitment to living on campus in a manner that has less impact on the environment, and to develop a heightened awareness of sustainability that can serve as a seed of change when they return to Japan.
Eliminate Dependence on Paper Towels
The purpose is to reduce the amount of paper towels that are used in the Doney residence. If each individual has a hand towel to use they won’ t need to waste a paper towel. The towels will be embroidered with a logo that reminds them to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Enhancing Campus Recycling
Dan Craig & Linda Pyle
The aim of this project is to make recycling the primary form of waste disposal on the Willamette campus to reduce land fill waste. There is a great multifunctional recycling program already established in our maintenance department. There has been efforts to increase recycling through hall councils providing recycling bins for their students’ rooms and Bon Appetít’s effort on sustainability. We feel that this particular effort will help augment those to a new level of recycling. We attack this goal in a twofold manner. Replacing trash cans with nice new recycle bins throughout campus will both promote recycling and
Envirovent Kiln Ventilation System Installation
Heidi Preuss Grew
The purpose of the project is to reduce use of electricity per bisque kiln firing and promote the longevity of a brand new kiln, to be installed fall semester 2006. These goals will be achieved with the installation of an Envirovent ventilation system.
Laura Cattrall & Julia Knowles
Many members of Belknap 1 st floor have shown an interest in creating a more sustainable living environment. The Belknap 1 st floor goal is to decrease their community’s ecological footprint and to dispose of their post-consumer waste in a more eco-friendly manner. Efforts would include the use of hand towels, replacing traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, composting food scraps, and the purchase of a communal bike.
Student Panel for Spring Sustainability Conference
Lindsay Selser & Sasha Luftig
We would like to facilitate full student participation at the planned spring sustainability conference hosted by Willamette University. To bring student participation to a maximum we propose to organize a student panel and subsequent discussion/brainstorming group on student sustainability movements practiced on campuses throughout the northwest. This activity will enable a chance for sustainably minded students to meet their peers from other universities and share ideas. Bringing these students together will foster a permanent network, allowing for continuous correspondence expanding their abilities to cultivate sustainable practices at their home universities thus permeating into their personal lives. Not only will this panel help the students but it will invigorate staff, faculty and others at the conference because students are a wealth of energy and provide fresh perspectives to the ever expanding scope of campus sustainability. It is important for students and staff to come together when discussing sustainability because combining efforts is imperative to success.
Sustainability Module for Rhet210
Nathaniel I. Cordova
The purpose of this project is to design a curriculum module that will directly address sustainability concerns related to media and transmedia, in RHET210: Media and the Environment. Part of the planned curriculum development includes the generation of multimedia projects (videos and a podcast hub about sustainability voices at Willamette ) on the part of students taking RHET210 and BIOL210. These materials will help to raise consciousness on campus and the surrounding community, will strengthen sustainability’ s reach into other disciplinary domains, and initiate the development of a transmedia repository or archive related to sustainability efforts on campus.
Sustainability in Spanish
Jennifer Covarrubias & Gustavo Fonseca
Our proposal is to develop a collection of resources and lessons related to sustainability efforts at Willamette and in Spanish speaking countries that would be available to all professors in the Spanish department. These lessons would be designed to complement our current curriculum for the 200 level which includes units on environmental issues and current events.
Willamette Bike Fleet
Courtney Staunton & Andy Myer
In an effort to facilitate alternative means of transportation to and from the Willamette University campus, we are proposing to create a pilot bike rental program on campus. The program would begin as short-term day rentals from a location on campus that would be free of charge to members of the Willamette community. Should the pilot program prove successful, it could be expanded to include long-term rentals of several days or weeks, a student bicycle co-op, a maintenance facility to educate and repair both the rental fleet and non-rental bikes on campus.