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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Compost Champs


If you read our last waste-related post from the summer, you may be hungry for updates on how SPU is doing this school year. As we will be conducting our next waste audit come May 2017, we thought we’d give a mid-year update, specifically regarding compost.

In its second year, SPU’s compost program is already diverting more food and yard waste as compared to last school year. Here’s a graph detailing our campus compost by tons for the last year and a half:

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Late to New Year’s Resolutions -3 habit changes you might not have considered


As the month of January is over and February is now fully upon us, where are you at with your New Year’s Resolutions?

Personally I didn’t make any hard and fast resolutions, but a new year is always a good time for a mental check on habits they may not be healthy or that could use some improving. Most people try to eat better, change financial habits, exercise, or quit something they consider a vice. If you’re like me and didn’t make any resolutions (or maybe you did but they aren’t working out), now is a good time to try again. Here are three ways to make a change that isn’t just good for you, but exercises one form of sustainability or another.

Recycle, Compost, or Donate: I know that I just blogged about the composting ordinance in Seattle, but even if you don’t live here it’s something to try. Continue reading


Surprising Uses for Eggshells


eggsRecently I discussed items to keep away from the trash bin. Add to that list: Eggshells. Why? Because if you get resourceful, you can put those shells to a surprising amount of alternative use. To see eight ways you can re-purpose the remains of your eggly feasting, read on. Continue reading


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Five Items to Keep Out of the Trash


parks trashEven if you’re a recycling and composting expert, you may find yourself wondering about the trashability or recyclability of certain rather ambiguous items. If they’re any of the following five things, the answer is to keep them away from the garbage pile. Continue reading


Greening Your Kitchen


kitchOn average, the kitchen is the most wasteful room in the home. Besides the amount of food that gets discarded, there’s the packaging that accompanies food as well as the paper we throw out as a result of paper towels and napkins. Luckily making the transition to a greener kitchen is a relatively painless one that can take form in a few simple steps. Keep reading if you’re looking to move in such a direction. Continue reading