Have You Noticed Our New Signs?

Image of SignThat's right, one of our front beds is filled with plants generously donated by Chartwells here on campus. They will be tending to the garden throughout the season and in honor of that we had new signs made for them. The garden itself is starting to really pick up and we'll be making our first donations very soon. 

Donations just don't go to the pantry here on campus, but to the Dayton Food Pantry as well.

If you know of another pantry in the Fairborn area of would like to donate some food yourself, send us an e-mail. Also, let us know if you'd like to donate any plants or volunteer for our de-weeding event at:


Our results for the Energy Competition and RecycleMania 2014

recycle mania logoIt's the moment you've all been waiting for, our final standing in the RecycleMania competition. Our weekly recycling rate ended in a total of 34.2%. We were 86 out of 256 competing schools across the nation! Not only did we improve greatly from our standing last year but we managed to make it to the top 100. Wright State University went Green while going for gold this year.

The Office of Sustainability extends Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially to the organizations who make this competition possible for us: RecycleMania, Rumpke, Physical Plant, and especially Gina Reese, Custodial Manager and her Crew!

WSU Wellness Fair

livingwell logoSpeaking of keeping our campus green and healthy, we had a lot of people come out to the Wright State Employee Wellness Fair. Not just to see the Community Garden Table but to see Environmental Health and Safety, Chartwells, and many other cool informational booths. We noticed that a lot of people stopping by asked similar questions regarding the Campus Community Garden. Some questions had to do with Organic Gardening Practices that not only impact environmental health but personal health as well. Needless to say eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of meats, fruits, and veggies is essential to a healthy lifestyle. When our garden produce is donated to food pantries, it allows people to eat healthy despite present income levels and food insufficiencies.

The Community Garden has now been fully planted and we have a special addition this season. Chartwells asked to use one of the beds this season to raised herbs and produce for their catering operation. They've planted the bed and will tend it this summer. Their bed has a variety of tomatoes, cilantro, basil and other herbs. So, be sure to say "Hi!" when you see us working in the garden and if you see someone from Chartwells thank them for their contribution. We certainly appreciate their support.

For those of you interested in volunteering events contact us as:

Interested in local food markets? Check out this link (PDF):

Zip Cars: Car Sharing is Now on Campus!

WSU has recently partnered with Zip Car Inca car sharing corporation that helps students, staff, faculty, and local community members get around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a cost-effective way run errands or to get to the doctor’s office from campus. No need to drive to campus, waste gas and time hunting for parking. Zip Cars are both convenient and cost effective.

Reservations can be made at any time and members can join for a one-time fee of just $25!

Read more to get the complete story as well as find out where to sign up >>

Departments of Economics and History to present "Environmental Crises: History, Economics, and Politics"

Wright State University is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium April 4th, 2014, on Environmental Crises: History, Economics, and Politics.

All too often academics' analyses of environmental issues are confined to the narrow bounds of individual disciplines. In an effort to address this challenge, the symposium will bring together scholars from a range of fields in an effort to explore issues of environmental problems at the intersections of urban and rural concerns, and to discuss their scholarship with a diverse audience. Symposium speakers and their topics include:

  • Joyce Barry, Hamilton College (Women's Studies Department), "Gender and Climate Change: Lessons from the Movement to End Mountaintop Removal"
  • Rachel Belz, Ohio Citizen Action, on local environmental activism
  • Harold Perkins, Ohio University (Geography Department), "Consent to Neoliberal Hegemony through Coercive Urban Environmental Governance"
  • Helen Scharber, Hampshire College (Economics Department), "Are We Poisoning the Most Vulnerable? Race and Pollution Exposure among Infants in the U. S."

Presentations and a roundtable-audience discussion will take place 1:30-5:30pm, in the Student Union Discovery Room (163). The event is open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and no registration fee is charged. The sponsors especially encourage participation by regional faculty, students, and the broader public.

Sponsors: Raj Soin College of Business; Office of Sustainability, Office of the President; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Mathematics; Honors Program; History Department; ODE, WSU Chapter; Economics Department.

View flyer (PDF) »

Updates on RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals competitions:

WSU's Current Standings Improve! We’re at the halfway point in RecycleMania this year and our current standing is 91 out of 247 schools in the competition. Our total weekly recycling rate percentage is now 32.9%. That’s 1.04% higher than Wright State's recycling rate at the end of the competition last year! We want would to thank everyone for good recycling efforts and to encourage great continuing participation.

But we’re not done! We still have five more weeks to go. Remember to recycle as much as possible and help WSU Go for Gold this year. Not sure what can and can’t be recycled? Look what can be recycled >>

For regular updates on our current school ranking and to see our progression from last year, visit WSU's profile on RecycleMania’s Website

Curious about CCN Campus Conservation Nationals?
Here’s recent Standings:


Interested in volunteering for events? Questions about RecycleMania? Campus Conservation Nationals? Upcoming Green Sustainable Labs Week events? E-mail us at

Thanks again and keep up the Good Recycling and Energy Conservation Efforts!

New for 2014—Campus Conservation Nationals begins Feb. 24!

We are competing for the first time in the Campus Conservation Nationals. CCN is a 3-week competition that will pit our buildings against each other to conserve electricity usage. Competition begins February 24 and ends March 15. Total energy savings will also be used in the nationwide competition with a chance to win a free Energy Dashboard.

Introducing Safe, Green Labs

Coming Soon! A new shade of Green! Wright State’s Green Labs initiative—Safe Sustainable Labs Did you know that laboratories use 4-5 times more energy than an office space per square foot? Green your lab and display your efforts. Learn how to conserve energy and water use, reduce hazardous waste, recycle materials, purchase green, and stay safe.

Mar 24-28 is Eco-Raiders Safe Sustainable Labs Awareness Week.

Learn what an Eco-Raider is (PDF) >>

Looking Back Over the Summer!

Fall, 2013

Hope you all had an excellent summer and that Fall Semester is going well so far! I know I certainly did. Dr. Ramey and I did a lot in the summer months. From the building and planting of the additional plots in our community garden to Food Pantry donations. We were even interviewed and featured in the Dayton Daily News!
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What was perhaps the biggest challenge we had though, was the trail maintenance project. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of ROTC and the Grounds Crew here at WSU. Thanks to them we managed to clean up the trails and fix the main bridge. 

Woods I also worked with a group of student workers from the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office on an electronic map of the trails in the WSU Woods. You can access the map at WSU Woods Trails via The more time I spent in the woods, the more I appreciate what a unique asset they are to our campus. I am taking this opportunity to learn as much as possible about the Biology Preserve and get out into the Woods to relax and enjoy their beauty this Fall.

Here's what I found out (PDF) >>

If anyone is interested, we will be harvesting and cleaning up the Community Garden soon for the WSU Food Pantry. If you'd like to volunteer make sure to send us an e-mail at:

Remember to take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts by spending a little time every day outside. Here's to another great year at WSU!

Lindsey Millsaps
"Gifts of Inspiration," Sustainability Intern

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