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Campus Community Gardens Lookin' Good!
Jul 3, 2012
If you haven't visited the Campus Community Garden or the Garden of the Senses lately, you are missing out on a treat. We've heard dozens of positive comments from all over campus and by visitors to WSU campus this summer. They just love that we have these gardens on campus and how nice they look. Both of the garden sites are favorites for lunch and break times visits.
The vegetable garden is full of many different varieties of tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, kale and peppers. These are mostly heirloom and/or organic plants grown from seeds by folks on campus. We want to thank the many campus volunteers who have helped out lately—Mary Jane Walling for several plants and helping to apply blood meal critter deterrent (sorry about the overspray, MJ!); Bev Denlinger for donating garden stakes and deer deterrent; emeritus Bella Bognar for plants and seeds; Chris Hall for several interesting tomato plants; and Jim Hannah for help with planting and donating Fish Pepper seeds. Just let Adam French, our dedicated VISTA Summer Associate for the Campus Community
Gardens or me, Linda Ramey know your questions so you can learn more about the plants that are in the Garden (located at the rear of Russ/Joshi/the Student Union near the outside ramp leading to the pool). We also need to thank Chris Wadham for helping us figure out a do-able way to water the garden—lugging buckets of water or dragging 200' hose from the pool area was just too much!
The mission of the Campus Community Gardens is both to supply produce to the WSU Food Pantry and Feed Fairborn as well as to educate about locally grown healthy food. We are working with students at two Mini U locations, the Summer Programs Discovery Campers, Dining Services, and others to teach about plants, community gardening, healthy foods and more. We will have more news about some fun cooking events as the produce ripens. Last week, at the Campus Picnic, we had several visitors to the garden, many good questions and more favorable comments. We've lost count of how many people want to know how and when we will expand the Veggie Garden, so there's more growing to do!
On the other side of campus, the Garden of the Senses is located between Allyn Hall and the Woods Residential Housing area (just north of the Interfaith Chapel construction site). This is an established garden that needed some TLC. Mike Coyle and his Grounds Crew have been key to this revitalization. Mark Violet, the official keeper of the Garden, has been a problem-solver and a huge help with watering hoses, mulch and more. One other Thank You goes to Prof. Stefan Chinov in the Sculpture Department. Mr. Chinov donated several granite stones, that Jack Hockett from the Grounds Crew put in place. These huge stones help protect the plants when the hoses get moved and they provide a few places to sit while adding to the look and feel of the Garden of the Senses. Curious how the WSU Sculpture Department had granite to donate? There's another interesting story we'll share when we see you in the Gardens.
Read more about the Garden of the Senses→
The Campus Community Garden is up and growing!
May 17, 2012
Just walk between the pool in the Student Union and Joshi/Russ Engineering Buildings and you'll see our funky garden site. There are potatoes and tomatoes, onions and leeks, kale and pepper plants, and green bean sprouts that are about to pop out of the soil. The list of donations, supporters, helpers and folks who stop by to ask questions is very long and growing.
Also, be sure to check out the revitalization efforts going on in the Garden of the Senses. This green oasis on the west edge of campus is coming along nicely too. The Garden of the Senses will once again be a nice spot to relax in the shade, have some iced tea or enjoy your lunch.
Thanks to all of those who have helped out!
We still have a long way to go but the gardens are in place and with the help of two VISTA Summer Associates, we will keep them going and growing this summer and into the fall.
To get on our list of Volunteers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Earth Day Photo Contest RESULTS!
May 1, 2012
It was a very close competition but our eight excellent judges have reached a decision on the numerous Earth Day 2012 Photo Contest entries. We have many talented photographers who captured very creative and interesting views of nature this Spring on both Lake Campus and Main Campus. Likewise, our judges who selected the winning photos represented a diverse group of WSU staff, faculty, students, retirees, and community members. Take a look!
Earth Day 2012 Photo Contest Results
1st place—Kyle Davis—"Under the Weather"
2nd place—Moner Ragas—"Veins & Arteries"
3rd place—Emily Polander—"Wooded Path"
"White Flowers" —Tina Vasilescu
"Lake Beauty"— Ellyn Polander
Lake Campus—"Lake View"— Russell Kerfoot
WSU Woods—"Little Wonders"—Amanda Phillips
Interesting Perspective—"Tall Pines"—Jessica Herbst
Nighttime Residents—"Deer on Campus"—Paul Downing
Dramatic Scene—"Pines at Night"— Jean Goettemoeller
Earth Day Photo Gallery
April 30, 2012
Whether you took a walk in the Wright State Woods, pitched in during the Army ROTC Campus cleanup or did something green on your own, you were not alone. Wright State was buzzing with sustainability activity during Earth Day week.
Earth Day Week 2012 - Here We Go!
April 11, 2012
There's a full slate of events planned on campus for Earth Day Week 2012. There are many opportunities to get involved:
Earth Day is a reminder that we're not the owners, we just lease some space and that we share Earth with other living things on this wonderful planet. Show that you care for our Earth-home by living for tomorrow as well as today.
Think and Act Sustainably - Earth Day, Every Day!
There are so many opportunities to get involved. Check out all the events happening on and around campus (PDF)→
Leaving town for spring break? Save money and make friends by sharing a ride with Wright State Zimride!!
March 9, 2012
Zimride makes it easy to share the seats in your car or catch a lift. And if you add your ride before spring break, you'll be automatically entered to win a brand new iPad (the latest version)!
This year, make your spring break even more social. Share a ride with Wright State Zimride!
Post a ride→
More Results in for RecycleMania!
March 9, 2012
The Recent Results are in!
Grand Champion Competition - WSU ranked 36 out of 240 Universities enrolled in this Category
#1 in Horizon League Wright State University-Main Campus with a 46.53% Recycling Rate.
And # 3 in Ohio
1. Stark State College of Technology ranked 7th with 69.78% recycling rate
2. Marietta College ranked 28th with 48.50 recycling rate
3. Wright State University-Main Campus ranked 36th with 46.53 recycling rate
The votes are cast—Photo Contest Gallery Display a Big Hit!
February 6, 2012
The "Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest Gallery Display has now ended and just in case you missed it here are attendees' comments:
As the plans come together for updating the WSU Tunnel system signage, we will have a scavenger hunt using the winning photos as "landmarks" on permanent display as a way to familiarize folks with those sometimes confusing but convenient Tunnels.
Be sure to watch for upcoming details about the next photo contest this spring as part of our WSU Earth Day Week Celebration.
February 2, 2012
Last year, Wright State University placed 113 out of 288 college campuses in the national RecycleMania Tournament. Help us win this year by recycling materials on campus!
Acceptable Items (PDF)→
Print off the flyer and post it near your nearest recycle container.
Food Deserts in Dayton
Januuary 30, 2012
WSU Newsroom highlights comments of professor about problems with scarcity of fresh, healthy foods in urban areas—area residents live in food wastelands. Learn more in the Dayton Daily News article that spotlights the problem of Food Deserts in the Dayton area. 78-000-area-residents-live-in-food-wastelands
More Connections to Water, Scenic Rivers, the U.S. EPA - MOU signing
Januuary 27, 2012
Water in essential to life and our way of life and the work to preserve our water resources in the Miami Valley was recently recognized by the U.S. EPA. WSU signs Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. EPA
We're in the WSU News Again!
Januuary 9, 2012
The story about the "The Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest came in #10 for 2011 and now the Gallery Reception for the winning pictures is in the news. The photos are on display during January in the Student Union Gallery, so check it out.
Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest Winning Photos on Exhibit
Januuary 4, 2012
All through January the winning photos are on display in the Student Union Gallery so be sure to stop by. Take in the natural beauty on our campus as capture by 12 very talented students from just about every major across campus.
Check out who won→
Wright State University is a Groundwater Guardian Green Site!
November 21, 2011
The Miami Conservancy District helps communities and universities that operate highly managed green spaces to become Groundwater Guardian Green Sites with practices that protect groundwater resources. Good groundwater and environmental stewardship are recognized by The Groundwater Foundation which sponsors the Groundwater Guardian Green Site program.
Groundwater Guardian Green Sites are places with lots of green space—like municipal parks; golf courses; ball fields; educational campuses; and residential, recreational, and office parks—that implement groundwater and surface water friendly practices to maintain the site. To earn this exclusive designation, Wright State University documented groundwater-friendly practices related to fertilizer and pesticide use, water use, pollution prevention, water quality, and environmental stewardship.
Find out more→
November 16, 2011
Another successful Adopt-A-Highway Event was held on November 5.
Learn more (PHOTO)→
What's in a Name?
November 14, 2011
What's in a Name? EAG is recycling their more fun, catchy name. They once again...Gang Green: the WSU Environmental Action Group. Same mission but a name that is easy to remember. Go Green, join Gang Green.
"Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest
October 7, 2011
Dozens of Terrific Photos submitted for the "Get Outside and Click" Photo contest. Now the panel of judges will have a tough time choosing the winners. Finalists will be contacted soon. Watch for the winning photos here. A photo gallery exhibition is planned for Winter quarter.
Here's your chance to get outside and explore Wright State University's campus. Find your favorite spot in nature, click and enter your photo in the "Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and EAG.
Environmental Action Group
September 7, 2011
The Environmental Action Group, also known as Gang Green, is the Wright State University org that works closely with the Office of Sustainability to actively promote learning, living and acting in sustainable ways. More information is available on OrgSync. Upcoming EAG events and meetings will be posted here on the Office of Sustainability website.
Even Easier to Get Around!
September 1, 2011
New Greene CATS Service #60—Enhanced Demand Response transit in the Fairborn-WSU-northern Beavercreek corridor, starting September 6, 2011.
We are glad to see all of the new faces joining the campus community this fall. And we say Welcome Back! to those familiar faces here on the Wright State Campus.
The Office of Sustainability website is your "Go TO" place for Green News and Events, Resources and more.
Master Plan Update
Recently, the Campus Master Plan that was approved by the Wright State University Board of Trustees. Look at the first 50 pages to see the history of the process since it started. Pages 52 - 60 outlines of the implementation plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees.
Check out the Free Bookmarks at the Dunbar Libraries and The Sustainability and Environmental Summer 2011 Reading List—Literally, Check them out!
June 20, 2011
Many of the books and DVD’s on this list are award winners and best sellers by top authors. There is something here for everyone—history buffs to business majors, engineers to ecologists and even some for the younger crowd. There’s even DVD’s if you don’t feel like reading today. Be sure to check out the entire list for interesting reading for this summer and beyond!
Move Out Day 2011 Results
June 20, 2011
A Big Thank You to the Students who Donated—The Move Out 2011 events were a Huge Success!
Check out the surprising links between U. S. National Security and Long Term Sustainability
May 18, 2011
Our military is a vital and valued emblem of our country. These brave Americans devote their lives to our national security. That means now, as it has in the past, protecting the interests of the American way of life and U.S. assets. Surprisingly, military strategists are finding many links between our national security and the sustainability that may make our nation safer and more secure.
Spring Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Event
April 30, 2011
On April 30, the Wright State University Office of Sustainability and Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences engaged in their fourth Adopt-A-Highway cleanup along I-675 North near Wright State University between exits for Col. Glenn Hwy. and North Fairfield Road.
The RecycleMania 2011 Final Results are Tallied!
April 25, 2011
Wright State continues to improve in the standings for the RecycleMania competition. Each year since 2006, Wright State has increased the percent of recycling on campus. Of course, this increase translates to less waste going to the landfill and that is a very good thing.
Earth Day 2011 Scheduled Events
April 25, 2011
See what's happening around the Wright State University Campus all week long.
Earth Day Photo Contest Winners
April 22, 2011
View winning photos from the 2011 Wright State University Earth Day photo contest.
Wright State's Zimride Social Network for Ridesharing
April 20, 2011
Wright State Zimride is a new, fun and easy way to coordinate your daily commute with friends, classmates and colleagues or to share rides out of town. Zimride is our private network that makes it easy to share the empty seats in your car or catch a ride with other Wright State faculty, staff, and students.
RecycleMania Final Results Coming Soon! Just as a sneak peek, we met and exceeded our goal set by Wright State University's recycling Point Person, Gina Reese. Gina, Manager, Custodial Services Physical Plant has entered Wright State University in the RecycleMania event each year since she started here in 2006.
View more information, including locations of recycling containers→
In the Grand Champion category Wright State University is ranked #90 out of 288 Universities with cumulative recycling at 34.41%. Just as a reference point, Butler University, a school about 1/4 the size of Wright State, is #24 and recycling at a rate of 50%. In Ohio, Wright State is ranked 7th out of 14 (which might be ok if you want to be average) but Butler is #2 in the state of Indiana. Learn more→
Come on, join the crowd and pitch in—Recycle! Beat Butler!
Recyclemania Competition is Underway!
RecycleMania is here!
What is Recyclemania? Learn more→
Opportunity for Summer Internship
The non-profit environmental organization, OurEarth.org, is currently looking for summer interns and we would like to get in touch with students to see if they might be interested in working with us.
This summer join the OurEarth.org community and become an intern in OurEarth.org's 2011 Environmental Leadership Program. This is a rare opportunity for you to develop as a leader and learn many of the skills that are necessary if you want to create significant environmental changes in the future.
A Really Cool Solar Tower on Wright State University Campus—even for a day!
February 11–12, 2011
“The solar tower was a temporary tower built by my senior design students. We put it right outside the engineering building to get some attention. We did get some attention. This was a great bunch of students. The tower converts solar energy to electric energy. We did produce power, but very little. Solar towers are pretty inefficient devices. Never-the-less it was a very good project”.
Learn more, view presentations, and some really cool photos→
Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannet Presentations
February 8–9, 2011
Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannett visited the Wright State University campus on Feb. 8–9, 2011.
Alison Gannett is a world-champion big-mountain freeskier, founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation, champion endurance mountain biker, founder of the infamous Rippin Chix Steep Camps, and an award-winning global cooling advocate.
Learn more and view presentations→
IMPORTANT–Take a Look at the Latest on the Campus Master Plan
December 14, 2010
The Wright State University Building and Grounds Committee and an Ad Hoc Faculty Campus Master Plan Committee met several times during the Fall 2010 term in response to the previous University Master Plan Proposals.
Please review the final report and look carefully at the graphic on page 2.
This Final Report will be presented to the University Senate at the January meeting. We are nearing the end of this Campus Master Plan process so it is important that you stay informed and provide input to your Senate Representative.
November 17, 2010
Wright State University participated in the 2010 America Recycles Day on November 15, 2010. Proudly wearing their "I Recycle, Do U?" t-shirts, students demonstrated how easy it is to toss many items into the Greenspot Recycle containers all over campus. View recycling photos from campus »
October 21, 2010
Returning from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Charged Up (with renewable energy, of course)! Read more about the conference »
October 5, 2010
Wright State University hosted its first National Solar Tour on campus Saturday, October 2. Thanks to our great group of volunteers and representatives who helped out. View photos and presentation from the event »
September 28, 2010
Wright State University is hosting a stop on the 2010 Ohio Solar Tour on Sat., Oct. 2, showcasing the array of solar thermal panels atop the Student Union used to help with heating the indoor swimming pool.
September 1, 2010
The Wright State University dorms and the Office of Sustainability, in keeping with the goals of the to make our campus greener, will be implementing programs targeting energy and resource conservation and waste reduction. We will be targeting reduced electricity and water use, as well as increased recycling.
May 26, 2010
Wright State University has signed the Talloires Declaration, an action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research and operations at colleges and universities.
Dialogue, March 2010, page 10
Recycling is has been called the face of sustainability; the perception is that if you are not doing recycling well, you probably are not serious about sustainability. Therefore, we need to do this well.
March 17, 2010
About 20 Wright State University students will be helping Appalachians in southeast Ohio to promote sustainability as part of their service-learning course “Engagement with Appalachia.”
Dialogue, November 2009
The Wright State Strategic Plan (adopted 6-13-2008) includes the following affirmation of the importance of sustainability: Sustainability—the necessity of preserving our planet compels us to weigh the impact of our decisions, both short term and long term.
The Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research is rated LEED NC-Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. This prestigious award places Wright State University at the forefront of green building design, since Diggs Laboratory is the first laboratory in Ohio to receive the LEED-NC Gold status.
November 26, 2008
Companies in Ohio are applauding the state's first master's program in clean and renewable energy. Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) will join forces to start the two-year program.
The Equation, Spring 2008, page 7
Dayton Daily News, December 20, 2007
Dialogue, January 2008
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Huntting W. (Hunt) Brown, lecturer and former assistant chair in Wright State’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named the university’s first director of sustainability. Brown will identify Wright State’s ongoing sustainability efforts, and with faculty, staff and student involvement, explore potential new initiatives.