Stop Waste in Sororities

Project Leads: Emily McKeon

Sponsor: Greening the Greeks

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,103.32

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: Complete 

Project Description:  Currently many of Berkeley's sorority houses have a random assortment of bins and are lacking the quantity needed to fully furnish their house. Each sorority has requested the exact type and quantity of bins that their house is lacking. The bins would be purchased by Greening the Greeks through Grainger and distributed to their respective houses along with appropriate bin signage. Signage would be ordered with the help of Campus Recycling and Refuse Services to promote uniformity of information. The bins and signs would be implemented in each of the houses. Waste audits will be done periodically in each of the houses receiving bins to measure the change in waste diversion rate (waste diverted from the landfill to compost or recycling).

Goals

  1. Provide the social sorority houses of UC Berkeley with a necessary amount of bins in order to maximize their houses' waste diversion.
  2. Measure the changing waste diversion rates in the houses over time after the bins purchased from this project were implemented.
  3. Composting and recycling is gradually becoming embedded in the culture of living in the sorority house and this project hopes to allow waste diversion to become a standard practice.
Accomplishments
  • Ordered and distributed compost, recycling, and landfill bins to the sorority houses, creating greater opportunites for waste diversion in the houses. 
  • Conducted waste audits before and after bin implementation to measure the effect of the bins on waste diversion. Results were mixed, showing contamination rates decreasing in some houses post-implementation, and increasing in others. 
  • Campus Recycling and Refuse Services’ standardized signage was dispersed to the sororities that received bins.
Budget Expenditures

Final Report

Next Steps
  • Greening the Greeks will continue to supervise the bins that were placed in this grant to make sure they are being used properly.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.