Welcome to Earth Week at ARC!

This Wednesday, we celebrated Earth Day out in front of the Student Center / College Bookstore quad area and I wanted to highlight a few things we had going on for you to check out.

Our theme this year is RECYCLING and we had our student Art Club & student ECOS Club out there creating new recycle signage to go on either side of the Servery portion of the cafeteria that will hopefully make it very clear as to what goes where. They are using wood that we were able to salvage from the folks over in the Theater Department, so recycled wood for our recycle signage ftw!

A good thing to keep in mind about our trash:

Everything that leaves our campus goes on to a scale,
it’s our goal to get that stuff on to the cheaper end of that scale.

Food waste from Aramark & the Hospitality Management Program, campus recycling and green waste (landscape trimmings) are some of the directions we are trying to divert trash but we desperately need YOUR help by separating your waste correctly, modeling that to others, and encouraging the use of less stuff.

By law (#AB341), our campus needs to be at 75% diversion from the land fill stream by 2020, and right now we are at around 40% campus wide. Bottom line, we need to be capturing more of our recyclable content and creating less waste. You may have noticed the new blue & black Max-R recycle stations that went into the Eatery portion of the Cafeteria last month—special thanks to our Administration on this investment as it will go a long way in moving some of that waste away from the land fill.

We had a number of wonderful vendors that brought things like DC Solar. They brought two of their solar powered trailers that come configured as

  1. car charging stations; or as
  2. picnic benches with outlets for students to work at & charge their electronic devices; or as
  3. LED light towers to illuminate the dark corners or our parking lots.

If all goes well, we may get to put one or two on our campus very soon! To see photos of these trailers, check out our Facebook photo gallery where they came to visit us, or where I went to visit them as they launched an install at Mills College.

We’ll also planted a tree with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and our Grounds Department as in celebration of Arbor Day & our official designation as a Tree Campus USA by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation!

Below are some photos, and you can find the rest on our Facebook page over at facebook.com/SustainARC: Photo gallery from #ARCEarthDay 2017

#PROTIP: Consider bringing your own coffee cup or refillable water bottle to Convocation, or other catered meetings/events—or, encouraging others to do so at yours. Those Starbucks cups are not recyclable or compostable.