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February, 2012:

February 20th Sustainability Tip of the Week!

Hello Campus Community,


Here is your February 20th Sustainability Tip of the Week. This week’s tip on “reducing printing” is brought to you by sustainability committee member Erik Sandgren. Thank you Erik!


Read this- don’t print this – or anything else today!!!!! Ease up on paper.


Meeting Minutes 1-26-2012

GHC Sustainability Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Choker Dining Room, 3pm

Attendance: Erik Sandgren, Adrienne Roush, Gary Hay, Janel Spaulding.



1) Introductions-Everyone present provided introductions.



2) Recycling Bin Update-The NR Club is going around to inventory all of the recycling bins and to find out which classrooms need recycling bins. They will take the lead in sorting out aluminum from the paper/cardboard waste and will use the recycling as a fundraiser. The issue in the past is that the custodians don’t want to sort out the paper from aluminum but now that issue is resolved with the help of the NR Club.



3) Sustainability Blog Update-The Sustainability Blog is now being updated thanks to David Mills, one of the student reps on our committee. He worked with Ralph Hogaboom to update the links that weren’t working like the sustainability tips. Thanks to David for taking the lead on this!



4) Earth Day Planning-Earth Day is officially on Sunday, April 22nd. The group agreed to hold Earth Day on the Tuesday before on April 17th. Gary volunteered to reserve the HUB, fireside room and Choker Dining Room for the day’s activities. Todd Bates’ forestry students would be available on a Tuesday or Thursday to help lead the trail activities. Janel would like to see similar activities to what we had last year with the different exhibitors/organizations, the clothing drive, and the trail activities. Here is what has been done in the past:


  • Sustainable Food Booth- Chickens
  • E-book booth, demonstrate different reader programs
  • City of Hoquiam: a community garden booth and/or electric car
  • Master gardeners: a composting booth
  • Ocean Gold
  • Grays Harbor PUD
  • Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee
  • Vision 2020: Mike Myers (Recycling)
  • Hospital: Mandy Schumate
  • CCAP for their wind turbines
  • Panel Tech
  • Wild Olympics Campaign
  • Olympic Agenda: Sam Gibboney Office: 360-379-4831 Cell: 360-643-3028
  • Community Hospital: Mandy Shumate
  • Rayonier
  • booth about sustainability resources
  • Send out an email for baby food jars
  • Freecycle/Ewaste Booth
  • Textbook Rentals
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Recycling bins on people: students could walk around “wearing” recycling bins and explain to people what can be recycled and what can’t


Here is a list of things we need people to start helping with:

-Reserve the HUB, Choker Dining Room, and Fireside Room for Earth Day Activities and tables/chairs, etc-Gary volunteered to help with this.

-Work with Student Government to try to show film on food waste-Gary volunteered to help with this.

-Coordinate with exhibitors/organizations for booth/activity-Janel will take the lead on this.

-Coordinate with Todd Bates for trail activities and help get the word out to students

-Coordinate the clothing drive: suggested that we have people “model” the clothes.

-Coordinate advertising i.e. flyers, brochures, radio, tvs in HUB, readerboard, etc: suggested by Erik that all flyers etc are done in black and white to save on costs and environment.



5) Trail Project Idea-Tom Kuester

Tom Kuester has had an idea to build a trail from campus to the South Shore Mall. Currently students have to walk along the Highway, which is not really safe because there is no sidewalk. Tom has gone out with Todd to do a little surveying work to see where the trail might go. Tom couldn’t be here today to elaborate on this idea, but wanted to get the idea out to the group to see if there is something we could help with. At this point this is in the very early planning stages. Tom is proposing a trail to be built from the lower parking lot that goes through the fields and trees to Huntley rd. As the weather gets nicer we can ask Tom to come to a meeting and we could go on a “tour” of his proposed trail.


6) Next Meeting-February 16th

February 6th Tip of the Week

Hello Campus Community,


Here is your February 6th Sustainability Tip of the Week. This week’s tip on how college students can be sustainable in the classroom is brought to you by sustainability committee member Lynn Siedenstrang. Thank you Lynn!


Sustainability Tips for College Students


In the classroom


  • ·         Use refillable binders instead of notebooks or use a laptop.
  • ·         Use recycled paper.
  • ·         Take notes on both sides of paper.
  • ·         If it’s OK with your professor, hand in assignments by printing on both sides of the page. 
  • ·         Unless you’re handicapped, don’t use automatic handicap doors


Thanks to Goucher College, students can be sustainable by applying these helpful tips. (December 11, 2009)

January 23rd & 30th Tip of the Week

Hello Campus Community,


We have two sustainability tips for you since we missed last week!  The January 23rd tip of the week on “winter energy savings ideas” is brought to you by Cal Erwin-Svoboda.The January 30th tip of the week on “40 easy ways to go greener at home-besides recycling” is brought to you by Gary Hay. Thank you both Cal and Gary for the tips!


January 23rd Sustainability Tip of the Week: By Cal Erwin-Svoboda

Winter Energy Saving Tips

Winter months mean a spike in utility bills. There are tons of cost effective ways to prep your house/apartment for the winter months. Implementing a few of these tips might help lower your monthly utility bills. Winter Energy Saving Tips (via PNM Resources, New Mexico)


My Secret Tip To Winter Energy Savings

You can easily ‘section off’ portions of your house/apartment that you don’t want to heat by mounting a curtain rod over a doorway and using a heavy panel of curtain to create a barrier to keep the heat only where you need it. This can also be achieved by shutting doors to bedrooms, bathrooms, etc that you do not need to heat.

January 30th Sustainability Tip of the Week: By Gary Hay

40 Easy Ways to Go Greener at Home – Besides Recycling

1.  Plant an herb garden.  It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates.

2.  Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

3.  Create a homemade compost bin for $15.

4.  Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).

5.  Stop using disposable bags – order some reusable bags, or make your own.  My favorites are Envirosax and Flip & Tumble.

6.  Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.  Then watch The Story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

7.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.

8.  Turn off lights when you leave the room.

9.  Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can — open your curtains and enjoy natural light.

10.  Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

11.  Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.

12.  Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.

13.  Turn off your computer completely at night.

14.  Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.

15.  Pay as many bills as possible online.

16.  Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  While you’re at it, go ahead and make sure you’re on the “do not call” list, just to make your life more peaceful.

17.  Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.

18.  Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.

19.  Subscribe to good eco-friendly blogs.  My favorites are The Daily Green,TreeHugger, and Keeper of the Home.  Of course, you gotta subscribe to Simple Organic.

20.  Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or Freecycle.

21.  Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.

22.  Fix leaky faucets.

23.  Make your own household cleaners.  I’ve got quite a few recipes in my e-book.

24.  Line dry your laundry.

25.  Watch The Story of Stuff with your kids, and talk about the impact your household trash has on our landfills.

26.  Learn with your kids about another country or culture, expanding your knowledge to other sides of the world.

28.  Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

29.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

30.  Repurpose something – turn one of your well-worn t-shirts into basic play pants for your baby.  Or save egg cartons for paint wells, seed starters, treasure boxes, or a myriad of other crafts.

31.  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

32.  Switch to cloth diapers – or at least do a combination with disposables.

33.  Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label.

34.  Use a Diva Cup for your monthly cycles.

35.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.

36.  Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

37.  Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and open your eyes to the way conventional food is processed. Watch Food, Inc. while you’re at it.

38.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.

39.  Five-minute showers – make it a goal for yourself.

40.  Donate to – and shop at – thrift stores such as Goodwill.  You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, and you’ll be supporting your local economy.

January 16th Tip of the Week

Hello Campus Community,

Here is your January 16th Sustainability Tip of the Week, a few days late!
This week’s tip about using paper bags vs plastic bags (if cloth/reusable bags aren’t your preference) is brought to you by Todd Bates. Thank you Todd!!

By Jonathan Croswell (
The well-worn debate between paper and plastic bags has persisted since plastic bags were introduced in 1977, according to “The New York Times.” Plastic bags were introduced years ago as an alternative to bulky paper bags that can be heavy, difficult to carry and more costly to businesses. But plastic bags don’t biodegrade and are made with harmful chemicals. And while reusable cloth shopping bags are growing in popularity, they are more costly to consumers and aren’t always the easiest solution. Because of this, many consumers find papers bags a good alternative if they don’t have reusable bags.
Paper bags are made of natural products, which allows them to be broken down by the elements–albeit over a long time. Plastic bags aren’t as lucky–most aren’t biodegradable and can fill up landfills, costing cities as much as 17 cents per disposal of each bag, according to Money Central. Recycling plastic bags is an option, but the costs can be impractical. As of 2010, it can cost $4,000 to recycle one ton of plastic bags, which is resold to stores for $32, according to Squawk Fox. On the other hand, paper bags are easily tossed into the paper recycling bin and reused.
Renewable Resource
Paper bags are made from felled trees, which some proponents of plastic bags suggest creates more of an imprint on the environment than plastic bags. But trees are also a renewable resource that can be replaced over time. Many paper and lumber mills practice tree replacement so that their supply of trees doesn’t diminish over time.
Less Litter
One paper bag can do the same work it can take several plastic bags to accomplish. The downside to this is that plastic bags are often overused–some businesses use a plastic bag to hold one single item. The practice of overusing plastic bags can add to the country’s littering problem. Plastic bags are frequently found blowing in the wind alongside roads and elsewhere in the outdoors. Paper bags are much larger and less abundant, and they aren’t as easily lost to the wind