The Sustainability Blog

Saving Energy in the Winter: 6 Easy Tips

When temperatures drop and days shorten, we tend to use a lot more energy. We’ve compiled 6 easy tips to help you stay warm and cozy during the winter, while cutting your electricity and natural gas bills and helping the planet.

  1. Block drafts with rolled up towels. If your heat is escaping through cracks and windows, your heater is going to have to work extra hard to keep up.
  2. Open the blinds on cold sunny days when the sunshine can help warm the building. Close them at night to help keep the heat in the building
  3. Use LED light strings to brighten up your room during this dark time of year. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than their iridescent counterparts, and they come in many festive colors.
  4. Moisten your air. Since water has a high heat capacity, wet air will retain heat longer than dry air, helping maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Don’t panic if you don’t own a humidifier, houseplants add moisture to the air. Also, consider hang drying laundry which will moisten your air while reducing your energy use.
  5. Turn down your thermostat 5-10 degrees at night. Add some extra blankets and enjoy watching your energy use drop.
  6. During the holiday season, consider giving gifts in reusable wrappings. Americans produce 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Festive cloth bags, decorative tins, repurposed bows and ribbons, and newspaper comics are fun decorations that reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Food Week

November 6th to November 10th will be Sustainable Food Week. The week will focus on various aspects of food and the role food plays in our environment and society.

Monday, November 6, 2017, at 7:00-8:30 PM in Reid Coffee House: Food Jeopardy

Come join us to test your knowledge on sustainability and food in a game of jeopardy for a chance to win shower timers, deodorant rocks, notebooks, divest stickers, or flip the switch stickers! There will be snacks provided by Bon App! This is the first night of Food Week, a week filled with fun foodevents, stay tuned for more!

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 5:15-8:15 PM in Reid Campus Center Ballroom: ASWC Green Gala

Come join us at the Green Gala where Scott Slovic from the University of Idaho will be giving a presentation titled “The Pleasures (and Responsibilities) of Eating,” playing off Wendell Berry’s essay. There will be a catered dinner at 6 pm and Jeff Mathias will be speaking about our local food bank and food waste. Erendira Cruz will give a short talk about the Sustainable Living Center as well. There will also be time for the sustainability clubs to talk about what they have been doing and to present awards and acknowledge strong members of their clubs.

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 6:30-9:30 PM in Maxey Auditorium: Cowspiracy and Critique

Professor Don Snow will give a presentation about the history of vegetarianism and veganism before the film. We will then watch the documentary followed by a presentation by Eunice Blavascunas discussing some of the problems with the documentary.

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 4:00-6:00 PM in Maxey 207: First Foods

Wenix Red Elk- Public  Outreach/Education Specialist of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla will be giving a presentation on first foods with Eastern Washington.

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 7:00-9:00 PM in Maxey Auditorium:  Sustainability Remixed (keynote)

Sustainability Remixed: The Black Radical Tradition, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Methodologies. In this talk, Dr. Harper will discuss the work of African American vegans who have been deeply influenced by hip-hop methodologies/methods in how they engage in food justice, sustainability, and fighting against systemic racism/anti-Blackness within the USA. Dr. Harper will discuss how this engagement is a continuum of the Black Radical Tradition which historically has fought against not just anti-Black racism, but capitalism and other systemic inequities that deeply and negatively impact non-white people in the USA.

 

Friday, November 10, 2017, at 4:00-5:00 PM: Food Week Debrief

there will be a discussion in the GAC about Food Week facilitated by Kazi Joshua and Brandon Bishop. This will be a place for the campus community to reflect on theweek and discuss ways to move forward.

Come to the Sustainability Summit, This Semester’s Town Hall!

The Sustainability Summit will be at Reid Coffeehouse at 7 pm this Wednesday February 25th!

Sustainability Summit

An ASWC Town Hall

Come hear about the on-going initiatives of green clubs on campus, strategize for future projects, and hear about cool new opportunities and ways to get involved. Bring your ideas!

Some clubs and individuals attending: Rethink Dams, Divestment, CCC, Green Leaders, Outhouse, Mycology Club, SAW, Organic Garden, Glean Team, Cool the Schools and Bike Share Program, Dani Hupper, ASWC SustainabilityCoordinator, and Tristan Sewell, the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.

 

Help Out Zena Farm!

In the wake of the University’s decision to suspend food production indefinitely at Zena Farm, we wish to voice the importance of farming and food system awareness within the Willamette and Salem communities. By signing this petition, you are indicating support for the University’s reinstatement of food production at Zena Farm and demanding student representation. Thanks for bringing this to our attention Theo!

https://www.change.org/p/willamette-university-restoring-food-production-at-zena-farm