Conservation Coordinators identify waste, energy, and water issues in the dining and residence halls, and implement programs to combat them. They facilitate student and staff education through tabling, signage, and programming. Additionally, they run programs on the ground to implement sustainable solutions, aiming to further develop a resource-conscious culture in facilities and the university at large.
Zero Waste Competition
Implementing the Zero Waste Competition, where dining halls and eateries compete for the best waste sorting score. All team members aid in auditing of facilities to engage with staff, building an understanding of the operations of campus-run kitchens, and recording long-term waste sorting data to diagnose problem areas.
Cool Campus Challenge
Executing the Cool Campus Challenge, a month-long initiative aimed at reducing the energy and water consumption of on-campus residents. Through a centralized platform, participants can select challenges (ex. Turning off the tap when not in use, participating in garden office hours, etc) and earn points for their dorms. The residence hall with the most points wins! This semester, we are collating daily energy consumption metrics and running statistical analyses to validate the efficacy of our programs.
Move Out Donation Drive
At the end of every spring semester HADSA hosts our annual move out donation drive where we divert thousands of pounds of clothing, food, etc away from landfills. Donations are given by residence hall students who are moving out for the school year. Food donations are given to University Village’s Bear Pantry and clothing donations have in the past been given to a number of organizations like The Suitcase Clinic, local animal shelters, eco recycling, and more.
Direct Education Efforts
Developing signage for residence halls that promotes a cohesive environmental community and educates students about conservation issues.
Creating and implementing new tabling methods to educate students about the intersection between environmental justice and resource use.