January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Back!

The Office of Sustainability wishes you a very Happy New Year!
Community Events

*Thursday, February 1, 2018
Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: LaFortune Ballroom

*Saturday, February 3, 2018
Science Alive!
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: St. Joseph County Public Library
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With the new year upon us, it gives us a fresh opportunity to make changes in our lives for the better. Creating realistic resolutions that aren’t forgotten by February can be difficult. So the Office of Sustainability has created a list of 3 resolutions that are easy to implement.

Whether you choose to tackle just one or all 3, you can have peace of mind that your actions are a little more sustainable for 2018.
1. Eat less meat (or alternatively, eat more veggies).

You don’t have to make the commitment to become vegan to make a difference. Participate in Meatless Mondays, weekday vegetarianism or even choose veggies over meat simply once a week. For some yummy inspiration, research Meatless Monday recipes.
2. Don’t buy water bottles, bring your reusable one from home.

The reasons to avoid disposable plastic water bottles are endless. Not only do they literally take hundreds of years to decompose, but also they release toxins in the process, which are harmful to the Earth and you. Bottled water is also less regulated than tap water, and it costs exponentially more. Save the earth and your money by bringing your own water bottle to refill. Campus makes it easier than ever with water bottle refilling stations.

3. Follow the three 'R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! 

- Reduce
Reducing the amount of waste you produce is the best way to help the environment. There are lots of ways to do this. For example:
Purchase less products that will end up in the landfill. This can include styrofoam, and other non-recyclable materials.

- Reuse
Instead of throwing things away, try to find ways to use them again! For example:
Bring cloth sacks to the store with you instead of taking home new paper or plastic bags. You can use these sacks again and again. You'll be saving some trees!
Plastic containers and reusable lunch bags are great ways to take your lunch to school without creating waste.
Coffee cans, shoe boxes, margarine containers, and other types of containers people throw away can be used to store things or can become fun arts and crafts projects. Use your imagination!
Don't throw out clothes, toys, furniture, and other things that you don't want anymore. Somebody else can probably use them. You can bring them to a center that collects donations, give them to friends, or even have a yard sale.
You get the idea!

- Recycle
Recyclable items on campus include:
  • Clean paper, including newsprint, catalogs, magazines, phone books, copy paper, and junk mail and junk mail envelopes with plastic windows - no wax coating, please
  • Clean plastic items numbered 1 - 6
  • Clean glass food & beverage containers clear or colored
  • Clean metal cans and aluminum food and beverage containers
  • Clean cardboard, including empty, clean pizza boxes as well as other empty cardboard - no wax coating, please
  • Clean unused paper towels and napkins (they can be lightly used, but not wet or damp)
What does not go in the recycling bin?
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Flexible packaging and multi-laminated materials
  • Food & liquids, used tissues, wet paper towels, and broken household items – these go in the trash!
  • Electronics, including toner cartridges and batteries
Thank you for doing your part in making Notre Dame more sustainable! Go Irish! Be Green!
Charlie Allen
Associate Program Manager
Office of Sustainability

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