|Student Spotlight: Jessica Oen, Senior|
|Why do you go green?
I go green as a way to not take for granted the valuable resources we have been blessed with. We have been called to be stewards of this God-given world, and preserving our environment is one way of doing that.
What has been your experience with Baylor Sustainability?
My time with Baylor Sustainability has been an awesome learning experience. I have come out with a better knowledge and appreciation for the green movement, and what exactly it means.The experiences along the way have challenged me to broaden my scope of the here-and-now and be more conscience of the choices I make that effect not only our environment, but our fellow man.
What would you say to other students about going green at Baylor?
It is not a political stance or an agenda that is being pushed. It is taking care of the earth's resources-sustaining what we depend upon. I would challenge them to think outside the box about going green. It's not just about the environment; it's about the mark you leave for your fellow student and the next generation.
SustainabilityIn accordance with its Christian mission and vision, Baylor University strives to be a community that fulfills its calling as stewards of God's gift of creation. Here you will find the latest news about sustainability efforts around campus, as well as resources to help you instill ecologically-friendly practices at work, on-campus, and at home.
Campus NewsVolunteers win Baylor record in sustainability efforts
Baylor has set a university-wide recycling record for the second year in a row. In 2012, the university recycled 440.71 tons, breaking its previous record of 414.34 in 2011 by more than 25 tons. All of the university's recycling is weighed by SunBright Disposal Services, which reports the weight of the recycling to the university. "The Office of Sustainability is making incredible progress," said Smith Getterman, sustainability coordinator.
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Zipcar is available to all Baylor students 18 and older, faculty and staff. Zipcar is wheels when you want them, literally. With Zipcars parked on campus, all you have to do is decide where you want to go and when.
Zipcar's cutting edge technology allows you to reserve online, or on your mobile device, 24/7. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day. Why deal with having a car on campus?
Click here for more information on Baylor's Zipcar program.
Sustainability at Baylor
Study shows drought conditions adversely affect water quality and make some chemicals, like some pesticides, more toxic and more likely to accumulate in fish.
Some areas of the southern United States are suffering from the longest dry spell since 1887 and a new Baylor University study shows that could prove problematic for aquatic organisms.
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Organizations Encouraged To Use Less Waste Through Meeting Certification
Waste generated by on-campus organization meetings might be reduced thanks to the Green Meeting Certification program launched by the department of sustainability.
The program, which seeks to make on-campus meetings more environmentally friendly, is open to groups that hold regularly scheduled and one-time meetings, sustainability coordinator Smith Getterman said. Organizations can apply for certification by going to the Department of Sustainability website and filling out the online form. Click here to learn more.
Baylor hosted the first on-campus plastic foam-free event at on Friday September 30th at the Brothers Under Christ Island Party. The idea to make the event green was an effort to make this year's Island Party stand out from past productions.Click here to learn more.
How Do You Get to Class?
Students Compete to Save Energy in Residence Halls
The competition consists of a running energy usage count as well as an educational game component. The games are organized in a tournament-like fashion to decide who competes against who the following week, and focuses on teaching students about energy conservation.
A Brief Public Service Announcement
After celebrating several milestone achievements in Baylor University's sustainability efforts, Waco Mayor Jim Bush declared May 22, 2012, as Baylor Sustainability Day during the final spring meeting of the University Sustainability Committee.
Smith Getterman, sustainability coordinator at Baylor, accepted the Mayor's proclamation.
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New Baylor Minor Explores Poverty
Baylor students from all academic disciplines can now minor in poverty studies and social justice, a program housed in the School of Social Work. The minor is part of the academic foundation and focus of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative, an organization designed to "create a catalyst for social change around issues of poverty, social justice and human capability," according to its website.
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Bike Lanes Come to Campus
Students who asked for better traveling conditions on campus were rewarded with new bike lanes at Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Streets and Dutton Avenue, leading to and through campus the heart of campus. Smith Getterman, Baylor's sustainability coordinator, said students "overwhelmingly" sought the bike lanes, which would increase drivers' awareness of possible approaching bicyclists.
Click here to read more about our bike lanes.
How Do You Care for Creation?
Baylor Wins National Wildlife Federation Award
Baylor University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation's annual competition Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus. This award program recognizes U.S. schools that are designing and implementing creative approaches to advance sustainability on campuses. Click here to read more.
Baylor moving executive MBA program to Austin's first LEED Certified Gold Building
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Baylor and the State of Texas Reduce E-Waste
The State of Texas has doubled its amount of electronic waste recycling since 2009 by recycling more than 24 million pounds of e-waste in 2010, according to Texas Campaign for the Environment's 2010 e-waste Recycling reports. Baylor does its part recycling e-waste through the Information Technology Services department.
The university strives to support sustainable efforts by conserving energy, recycling responsibly and reducing paper consumption.Click here to for more information about our efforts.
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