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A Bright, Green Future for the University of Cincinnati
With the numerous sustainability initiatives already in place or on their way to the University of Cincinnati campus, youd almost expect to see shades of green making their way into the universitys traditional red and black color scheme almost.
That might push the eco-influence a bit too far, but you will see evidence of the continued greening of UC nearly everywhere you look.
UCs Sustainability Office features
, including such efforts as a commitment to
, multiple transportation programs (
service and more) and a
. And with several new initiatives on the horizon, its clear that theres a lot yet to be seen when it comes to green.
WHATS ON THE WAY
The Sustainability Offices Claire Sweigart runs down a list of UCs upcoming eco-friendly efforts:
Environmental Literacy Certificate:
The Sustainability Office began a non-credit
program this academic year with members of the housekeeping staff. The program intended to provide better understanding of the relationship between humans and our environment earned UC an
. In fall semester, a new group of staff members will participate in the program, and a parallel program targeting students will begin. Participants will attend 20 events, including lectures, film discussions and sustainability supper discussions.
The university is evaluating the renovation of campus water fountains to include bottle-filling stations.
Morgens Hall Renovation:
, touts a number of sustainable features. Reuse of the existing building eliminates the need to send scrap to a landfill. On-campus living reduces the use of personal transportation. The buildings specially designed glass exterior reduces energy consumption needed for lighting, heating and cooling. Building designers anticipate LEED certification once the project is complete.
A pilot project to collect and compost food waste from MarketPointe dining hall will begin in fall semester.
FOCUS ON FOOD
John Hautz, director of Food Services, offers a look at several initiatives geared toward sustainability in place this academic year:
The napkins in all three dining centers Center Court, MarketPointe and Stadium View Cafe are made from 100 percent recyclable materials.
Students choose menu items and carry them without the use of trays to reduce potential food waste.
Sample sizes of any menu item are offered to reduce potential food waste.
On-Campus Herb Garden:
Chefs at Mick & Mack's Contemporary Cafe planted an herb garden to provide fresh ingredients for the kitchen, reducing the need to purchase additional items and have them delivered.
All seafood offered in residential dining is sourced sustainable in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.
Products are purchased from the Cincinnati, Dayton, Indiana and Kentucky areas.
Purchases are made in bulk to decrease packaging. This also helps limit the number of deliveries required to three a week, cutting down on fuel usage.
A cooking oil filtration system is used, and spent oil is recycled from all three dining centers.
Green cleaning products are used when available.
Composting Coffee Grounds:
The Starbucks and cafe locations on campus have partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to collect and compost coffee grounds at the zoo.
More UC news related to Earth Day:
- UC Gets a
- What on Earth Day is going on around campus? Find out
- UCs Utilities Services is working to
tons at a time.