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Looking back at Earth Day Week 2011 on Campus and EcoNuts!

April 18-22 there were many Earth Day Week events on campus. Thanks to Dick Robertson, Environmental Health and Safety; Dr. David Dominic, Dept. Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the EcoNuts committee at the Dunbar Library for hosting events. 

The EcoNuts Committee? Yes, sustainability efforts are up and running at the Library. In 2007-08, Karin Nevius started talking up the idea with her colleagues for a committee to raise the awareness and knowledge about sustainability for campus librarians. With approval from the upper administrators in the WSU Library System, the EcoNuts group was born. Check out their very informative website »

On Thursday, April 21st, they hosted 35 folks at their Earth Day “Eco-Friendly Fair” event at Dunbar Library. They presented some great green ideas and energy-saving tips including:  Composting, Eco-friendly lighting, Eating Locally, Native Trees and Plants, and Recycling of Household Items and Gently-used Clothing to community organizations like St. Vincent de Paul.  Watch this website for more information about upcoming events and collaborations between the Office of Sustainability and the Dunbar Library.

Piper Martin is the current chairperson of the EcoNuts committee. She encourages students, faculty and staff to learn more about recycling, the display in the Dunbar Library lobby. The library has reusable canvas bags and water bottles for sale at cost so stock up and show your support of our library’s sustainability initiatives—Go EcoNuts, Go Green!

Earth Day 2011—41 years later

Before 1970, the U.S. had no real regulation of industry and the result was terrible environmental disasters.  The Cuyahoga River caught on fire; the Love Canal disaster and many more proved that we needed to clean up our environmental act.  Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring” which brought to light the health and environmental impacts of widespread chemical use as pesticides and herbicides was a best seller. “Silent Spring” also ushered in Congressional investigations that lead to regulations on chemicals like DDT. The Environmental Protection Agency (U. S. EPA) was also created in the aftermath of these scientific findings. 

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 on April 22. We have come a long way but still have much to do—more to reduce our impact on the natural environment and that starts with each of us making responsible decisions everyday.  Some of those choices are as simple as not buying bottled water.  The video “Tapped” tells the impacts of the petrochemicals used in the production of the plastic bottles, the water harvesting for profit that is taking place, the costs of transporting the bottles, more energy to keep them cool and finally the low rate of recycling of those empties. These costs make bottled water one of the biggest hoaxes marketed to the world. We in America for the most part are fortunate to have safe, clean abundant water supply that is well regulated to keep it that way (bottled water is not regulated but is often tap water but the industry doesn’t want you to know!).

So, this Earth Day 2011, do your part. Change those habits that really don’t benefit you, cost you money and harm the environment. Check out the tips and information found here and many, many other reliable on the web.


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Join In this Spring Semester!

We have two competitions coming up this term -- RecycleMania, Campus Conservation National & a host of other upcoming Green events!

It may be called "Spring Term" but so far January 2015 has been anything but Spring-y. Not to worry, there are so many events coming up that you will have so many ways to stay busy that it will really feel Spring before you know it.

Starting February 1st, our annual 8-week competition, RecycleMania 2105 begins. This is your chance to do your Very Best to Always Recycle and encourage (nudge) others to do the same!

Again this Spring term we will be taking part in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition. For three weeks, February 23 – March 13, WSU will be monitoring and working hard to reduce use of electricity on campus. You can do your part by turning off lights and electrical devices when not in use and help others to do the same.

This year we will be focusing on educating students as well as faculty and staff about ways to conserve energy and reduce-reuse-recycle resources. Watch for more information and do your part to reduce your Energy and Resource Footprint. We all pitch in and we all can benefit in the long run!

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