The Zero Waste iCAP Team met on Friday, December 3 to discuss and finalize the two recommendations related to the team's water bottle behavior change campaign.
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Decrease Wasteful Practices through Behavior Change (Ongoing)
On August 3, 2021, the SSC submitted a semesterly report concerning the Precious Plastic Campus Recycling Hub, which is attached here.
Achieve Zero Waste
Decrease Wasteful Practices through Behavior Change
- Annual International Sustainable Electronics Competition
- Campus Sustainability Month - Waste Reduction Challenge
- Campuswide Zero Waste events
- Plastic Free Challenge
- Project Paplet
- Reusable Containers
- Skip the Bag Campaign
- Student Composter/Recycler Certification
- Water Bottle Survey
- Water Fountain Retrofit
- Zero Waste Messaging Campaign
- Establish a Net Zero Waste Plan and Policy
- Increase Recycling Rates
- Reuse Surplus Goods and Valuable "Waste"
- Sustainable Food Practices
- Sustainable Procurement
- Decrease Wasteful Practices through Behavior Change
The Illinois Climate Action Plan includes a vision of Zero Waste for campus, but ultimately the only way to really achieve Zero Waste is by getting behavior change in individuals.
Materials consumption contributes directly to climate change. It requires energy to mine, extract, harvest, process, and transport raw materials, and more energy to manufacture, transport and, after use, dispose of products. This is a throw-away society. Waste prevention and recycling are important components in the University’s effort toward carbon neutrality, and that includes behavior change.
The New York Times pubished an opinion about overconsumption in 2008, called "What's Your Cosumption Factor?"