Green Events

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Green Events
Engaging Students in Sustainable Practice
through On-Campus Event Planning
Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference 2014
Campus as a Learning Laboratory
Wesley Beckner
B.S. Chemical Engineering '14 | Cockrell School of Engineering
Assistant Director, Campus Environmental Center
The University of Texas at Austin
(817) 676-6617 | [email protected]
Green Events
Sustainability
at UT
The University
of Texas
The University of Texas at Austin
-Engaging a Diverse Campus in SustainabilitySTUDENT ORGANIZATIONS BY TYPE
Special Interest
International/Cultural
Educational/Departmental
Social
Honorary
Legislative
Political
Service
Professional
Religious
recreational
Number of
Organizations
Organization Category
60
International/Cultural
158
Educational/Departmental
39
Honorary
46
Legislative
48
Political
226
Professional
132
recreational
113
Religious
171
Service
126
Social
152
Special Interest
Total
1271
The University of Texas at Austin
-Engaging a Diverse Campus in SustainabilityTOTAL ENROLLMENT BY COLLEGE
Public Affairs
Pharmacy
Nursing
College
Undergraduate Studies
Architecture
How does the university
engage such a diverse
student body with
sustainability?
Business
Social Work
Communication
Natural Sciences
Architecture
Business
Communication
Education
Engineering
Fine Arts
Geoscienes
Information
Intercollegial
Law
Liberal Arts
Natural Sciences
Nursing
Pharmacy
Public Affairs
Social Work
Undergraduate
Studies
Total
Education
Engineering
Liberal Arts
Fine Arts
Information
Law
Geoscienes
Intercollegial
Total
Enrollment
628
4,960
4,594
3,321
7,084
1,753
573
269
141
1,099
9,621
11,150
910
588
361
746
1,651
49,449
The University of Texas at Austin
-Sustainability on the 40 AcresThe
President’s
Sustainability
Steering
Committee
Engineers
for a
Sustainable
World
1990
The Campus
Environmental
Center
Facilities
Services
Studentled Groups
and
Initiatives
The Campus
Sustainability
Policy
Institutional
Initiatives
2005
2000
1995
Net
Impact
DHFS
2010
The Office of
Sustainability
The University of Texas at Austin
-Sustainability on the 40 Acres-
Despite efforts from the
CEC and other organizations
Programs and Initiatives
Sponsors
and Partners
on
campus,
most
students
at
-Past and Present-university entitiesthe university are not
actively engaged in
sustainability
The University of Texas at Austin
-Sustainability on the 40 Acres-
Key Objectives
“Green Events is a student
Programs and Initiatives run initiative that aims to
-Past and PresentTeach campus
student leaders
of other
Mainstream
make
events
more
organizations how to
sustainability at the
sustainable
and create
a
incorporate
sustainability
into
University of Texas at
culture
of sustainability at
their operations
Austin
the University of Texas at
Austin”
Sponsors
and Partners with
Form partnerships
-university
entities-to
campus entities
institutionalize Green
Events and create a
culture of sustainability
on campus
-Green Events mission statement
Green Events
-The ModelImplementing
and
Sustaining
Change
Engaging and Enabling the
Whole Organization
Creating a
Climate for
Change
Assess
Align
Engage
Educate
Communicate
Create
short
term wins
Support
Sustain
Green Events
-The Nuts and Bolts-
Division of Housing
and Food Service
Hires
• Student
Consultants
• Staff Advisor
Provides
• Office Space
• Working
Budget
Provides
• Free work
orders for
Green Events
Provides
• Access to
organic
recycle
dumpster
Green Events
-The Nuts and Bolts-
2012-2013 Expenses
Two GE coordinators
$6,000 (320 hours each, $9.00/hr)
Recycling Bins
$500
Composting Bins
$500
Compost Services
$50
Custom Signage
$20
Total
$7,070
Working Budget
Green Events
-Case Studies-
Mainstreaming
Sustainability in a
university where many
students do not yet
identify with an
environmental ethic
• Rez Week
• 40 Acres Fest
Student Co-Learning
Opportunities
• Holi
• Iron Spikes
• One-time Events
Partnerships, Expansion,
and Institutionalization
• Events CoSponsorship Board
• Facilities
• DHFS
• Online Platform
• Green Certification
Green Events
-Case StudiesMainstreaming Sustainability
• Rez Week
• 5 day event with performances
• 24-hour a day coffee house and $1
lunches
• Facilities provided free work order for
tables, chairs, and stage
 Served 3000 beverages (organic and
free-trade tea, coffee, and cocoa)
 Cups and serving utensils were
industrially compostable
 Composting bins were situated near
serving area
 Recycling bins were available for
students who came with bottles and
cans of their own
Green Events
-Case StudiesMainstreaming Sustainability
• Rez Week
Item
Vendor
Amt
(unit)
Price
price/unit
Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend
Organic Ethiopia Fair-Trade Coffee
Organic FT Yirgacheffe
Costco
coffeeam.com
soap.com
40
80
80
oz
oz
oz
$22.99
$58.95
$50.99
$0.57
$0.74
$0.64
Equal Exchange FT Organic
qualitycoach.net
160
oz
$76.00
$0.48
Key Outcomes
• The event generated huge
visibility for Green Events.
• We established a long-term
relationship with the student
group.
• Creating a sustainability budget
for the student organization
ensured that socially
responsible and
environmentally friendly
products were used
Amt to
Purchase
(unit)
400
oz
Cost
Shipping to ATX
Key Issues
$229.90
$15.50
qualitycoach.net
160
oz
$70.77
$0.44
400
oz
$176.93
Lipton Regular tea bags
Lipton Green Tea Fusion, organic
Equal Exchange Green and Black Tea FT/O
Equal Exchange Grean Tea FT/O 6 pack
Costco
Costco
qualitycoach.net
qualitycoach.net
100
30
20
120
bags
bags
bags
bags
$4.89
$25.99
$4.50
$24.30
$0.05
$ 0.87
$0.23
$0.20
1000
bags
$48.90
Celestial Seasonings
vitacost.com
20
bags
$2.89
$0.14
1000
bags
$144.50
Swiss Miss Regular Hot Cocoa Mix
Costco
50
bags
$10.39
$0.21
500
oz
$103.90
$15.50
$192.43
$48.90
• The bins were contaminated
with trash and had to be sorted
at the end of the day.
• The food vendor served food
with both plastic and
biodegradable forks.
Equal Exchange FT/O Hot Cocoa
qualitycoach.net
80
oz
$29.00
$0.36
500
oz
$181.25
Dart Drink Foam Cup 10 oz
Costco
1000
cups
$27.99
$0.03
3000
cups
$83.97
Hot Cups from Planet+ 8 oz, biodegradable
greenpaperproducts.com
1000
cups
$85.20
$0.09
Dixie Paper Hot Cup 8 pz
wayfair supply
1000
cups
$35.46
$0.04
world art hot cup 8 oz
ecoproductsstore
1000
cups
$83.95
$0.08
3000
cups
$251.85
$4.99
same shipment
with coffee
$149.49
$103.90
$181.25
$
83.97
$8.99
Free
Sugarcane Bowl 12 oz
ecoproductsstore
1000
bowls
$101.83
$0.10
Free
Recyclable/Compostable hot dog tray
amazon (southern champion)
1000
trays
$27.65
$0.03
$18.34
Recyclable/Compostable plaid food tray
amazon (southern champion)
1000
trays
$20.99
$0.02
$10.24
Recycled Paper Bowl 12 oz
foodservicefiresale.com
1000
bowls
$77.15
$0.08
$12.12
6" Fork plantware compostable fork
ecoproductsstore
1000
forks
$61.52
$0.06
Free
Difference
Cost for nongreen
$229.90
Equal Exchange FT/O Swiss Choclate Almond Coffee
Totals
Total cost
$251.85
$
775.02
$
466.67
$
308.35
Green Events
-Case StudiesMainstreaming Sustainability
• 40 Acres Fest
• Day-long campus-wide event
• More than 50 participating
student organizations
 Recycling bins were situated
around the event area
 Participating student orgs came
to a mandatory orientation
where they received a
presentation on green tabling
and activities
Green Events
-Case StudiesMainstreaming Sustainability
• 40 Acres Fest
Key Outcomes
• Presenting to student
organizations before the
festival set the bar ahead of
time and allowed the
coordinators to not only
‘Green’ the event but educate
as well.
• The organization orientation
allowed Green Events to
broadcast their services to a
wide audience
Key Issues
• Some student groups still used
Styrofoam or similar
unrecoverable serving utensils.
Green Events
-Case StudiesMainstreaming
Sustainability
Key Lessons
• 40 Acres Fest
Tip:
Mainstream sustainability by
• targeting large, long-standing events on
campus and
• advertising Green Events as both a
• When starting a Green Events
sustainable initiative and as a consulting
service that can improve the overallprogram,
quality set realistic goals for
the student organizations and
an organization’s event
• Some student groups stillofused
work with them directly to
Styrofoam or similar
attain those goals.
unrecoverable serving utensils.
• Not all organizations will get a
green event perfect the first
time.
Green Events
-Case StudiesCo-Learning Opportunities
• Holi
• “Festival of Color” hosted by the
Hindu Students Association
(HSA)
• Attracts 2000 students in 3 hours
• Method of distributing colored
powder ‘Gulal’ had previously
been a major source of waste
 GE and HSA worked together to
reduce the use of single-use
products
 All waste was composted
Green Events
-Case StudiesCo-Learning Opportunities
• Holi
Key
Outcomes
Old Method:
• The higher cost per
biodegradable bag was
mitigated through improved
logistics.
• 1/5 of the amount of usual bags
was used and all waste was
recovered and composted.
• The HSA officers were
engaged in sustainable
thinking.
Key
NewIssues
Method
• Sustainable thinking was still
for the most part limited to the
core group of HSA officers.
Green Events
-Case StudiesCo-Learning Opportunities
• Iron Spikes Tailgate
• Off-campus tailgate event
 Recycled all plastic cups, cans,
and bottles
 Effectively communicated
recycling initiative to organization
members despite the high level of
“rowdiness”
Green Events
-Case StudiesCo-Learning
Opportunities
Key Lessons
• New and non-annual events
Facilitate co-learning by
• working with both small and large and new
• Events at the Community Garden
and annual events
• LAC Earth Week
• have a Green Event coordinator research
school resources, the impacts of waste, and
other sustainability concerns so that they
can communicate this information to other
students
Green Events
-Case StudiesPartnership and Expansion
• Facilities and DHFS
Division of Housing
and Food Service
Large-impact events
receive free work orders
fulfilled by Facilities
Services
Green Events pays a fee to
DHFS at the end of the
year for the generated
compost (by weight)
Green Events
-Case StudiesPartnership and Expansion
• Events Co-Sponsorship Board (ECB)
• $70,000 in available funds
• Sponsored by University Unions, a
private entity on campus.
 GE and ECB had one meeting in
the Fall of 2013 to begin coprogramming student events
Green Events
-Case StudiesPartnership and Expansion
• Green Events Website
• $70,000 in available funds
• Sponsored by University Unions, a
private entity on campus.
 GE and ECB had one meeting in
the Fall of 2013 to begin coprogramming student events
Green Events
-Case StudiesPartnership and Expansion
• Green Certification
• Showcases past events
• Provides advertising space
for co-programmed events
• Generates recognition on
campus for student
organizations engaged in
sustainability
Green Events
-Case StudiesPartnership
and Expansion
Key Lessons
• Green Certification
Gain partners and expand a Green Events
program by
Points: goals so event
• QuantifyingTalking
sustainability
 Diverted
15 lbs
achievements
can be understood
by a
of
compost
• Showcase for past events general audience
from landfills
• Space for advertising co-• Broadcasting
so that
 these
Sourcedachievements
local
programmed events
food and organizations of the
other departments
• Generates recognition on UniversitywillReused
contribute to the momentum
materials
from
campus for student
previous years
organizations engaged in
sustainability
Green Events kicked off the semester with Hindu Student
Association’s (HSA) Sankranti kite festival this past Sunday,
composting 14 lbs of food and serve-ware! Green Events
and HSA collaborated in the fall to ensure that compostable
plates and cups and local food were sourced for the event.
Keep an eye out for Green Events’ new compost bins at
events on campus this spring!
Green Events
-Review-
The University of
Texas
Mainstreaming
Sustainability in a
university where many
students do not yet
identify with an
environmental ethic
Sustainability at UT
Student Co-Learning
Opportunities
Green Events
Partnerships, Expansion,
and Institutionalization
Green Events
Special thank you to the following:
• CEC staff advisor Jennifer
Hobson
• GE coordinators
Christopher Nickelson and
Kendall Vela
• The office of
Sustainability, Facilities
Services, and DHFS

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