Reusable Ware for ESPM

Reusable Ware for ESPM

Project Lead: Emma Steigerwald

Project Sponsor: Environmental Science, Policy & Management (ESPM)

TGIF Grant: $1,944.68

Project Theme: Waste Diversion and Reduction

Application Submission

Project Description: In the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), it can be taken as a given that members care about living wisely, with landscapes wildlife, and natural resources in mind. When the department gathers for seminars, for special events, for happy hours, coffees, or finishing talks, all would appreciate that the department’s collective behavior represents these deeply held values. Now, the installation of a dish washer in the remodeled wing of one of ESPM’s buildings enables the ditching of disposables at all departmental events! This TGIF mini grant project will purchase a set of reusable dishes, glasses, and cutlery, so that the events of the department and all affiliated student organizations can stop producing bags of discarded, single-use paper, plastic, and polystyrene. This transition should tangibly affect the culture experienced and shared with all event attendees.

Project Goals:

  1. To make the meetings and events of ESPM and affiliated student organizations more sustainable.
  2. To become conscious of everyday choices and behaviors affecting our energy consumption and waste creation.
  3. To spark curiosity and conversation as to the ‘next steps’ ESPM and affiliated student organizations can take towards sustainability.