Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Already a member of Environmental Club? Wanna get involved in another green group on campus? 
Then U-Sustain is right for you!

U-Sustain is a group of students, faculty, and staff committed to promoting sustainability at Union College.
Ultimately, the goal, as stipulated by the ACUPCC, of which we are signatories, is that Union becomes carbon neutral, therefore decreasing Union's carbon footprint is central to U-Sustain's mission. In addition to
decreasing Union's carbon footprint, U-Sustain spearheads sustainable initiatives on campus, dispatches Green Grants, acts as a clearinghouse for environmentally related events going on on campus, and pools resources and creativity to promote environmental consciousness at Union College.

Previously, U-Sustain was comprised of sub-committees that focused on portions of Union's carbon footprint (ex: Energy, Dining, Waste, Transportation...) and took on projects individually. With the new year, the structure of U-Sustain has changed considerably. Now, as a group projects will be chosen for the duration of the term or year, and members will have the option to sign up to be committees for each project. In addition, there is a Rapid Response Team who will be contacted for events that come up last minute and volunteers are needed. The only subcommittee that has been preserved is Education & Outreach which is critical in terms of spreading word about the work of U-Sustain and other environmental groups on campus.

Projects for Winter Term 2011: 
  • Do It In the Dark: data accumulation & analysis
  • Recyclemania
  • Green Grants Awarded Winter Term 2011

Upcoming Initiatives: 
  • Re-useable To-Go Containers at Upper & West Dining Halls
  • Trash Audit in the Spring
  • And much more to come!

The next U-Sustain meeting is Wednesday, February 23rd at Common Lunch (12:50-1:50) in Old Chapel

See you there!

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