Sustainability brought into focus at Willamette through grants

Willamette University recently awarded four students and two professors grants to pursue projects that highlight sustainability efforts and promote the culture surrounding sustainability's core values: equity, environment, economics and education.

The awards of up to $500 were announced on Oct. 20, National Sustainability Day.

This year's winners are:

Kevin Lynn '11: Lynn will begin a vermicomposting program — composting using earthworms — for food waste at the Bistro that will eventually be taken to Zena Farm. He also plans to hold a campus-wide workshop on vermicomposting.

Colby Takeda '11: Takeda will add eco-friendly modifications to the Willamette student darkroom and open it to student use for the first time in ten years. He will also host a sustainability-themed photography contest.

Ashley Ross White JD'11: Ross White's project will provide English and Spanish books on sustainability to Woodburn's French Prairie Middle School library in order to integrate sustainability into curriculum at a young age.

Jennifer Johns, visiting professor of biology and associate director of sustainable agricultural programs: Johns plans to sponsor a competition and buy the supplies to paint an educational mural on the side of the Zena Farm barn. The mural will reinforce the message of sustainable farming by illustrating elements of an agro-ecosystem.

Luke Johnson '11 and Heidi Grew, associate professor of art: The team will build a heavy-duty cart for the clay mixer in the art department, allowing for more eco-friendly recycling of the clay.

The application deadline for the next round of sustainability grants is Feb. 12, 2011. Learn more: