Community Garden Service Opportunity!

posted Sep 8, 2012, 1:17 PM by Tyler Harmon

This is what a community garden looks like!
Come pitch in next Saturday, September 15th to help Mount Tabor United Methodist Church's community garden!

They will be filling in some raised beds with soil and preparing a large area for their fall crop. UNCSA Residence Life has organized for us to give them a hand as our "Saturday in Service" of the month. 

Meet at Performance Place at 9:15am on Saturday, Sep. 15 morning if you'd like to come!

The Story of Stuff

posted Aug 27, 2012, 5:14 PM by Tyler Harmon

At our interest meeting, we talked about all the exciting activities we want to do this year:
• Service Projects - Campus clean-up, Habitat, Community Gardens, etc.
• Movie Screenings
• Educational meetings and seminars
• Visits to local shops, the farmers' market, and farms

We watched "The Story of Change," an inspiring 6-minute video about eco-activism. Check out the other videos and resources at the web page:

UNCSA Dining Hall is Going Green

posted Aug 21, 2012, 2:58 PM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 2:59 PM ]

This year, our dining hall will be Composting our food scraps and food waste through a collaboration with  Gallins Family Farm, located here in Winston-Salem.

Additionally, we have committed to sourcing at least 10% local food in the dining hall, a significant step in the right direction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food transportation.


Upcoming Earth Day Events!

posted Apr 13, 2012, 8:39 AM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 1:56 PM ]

Sat. 4/21 @ 9pm:       Food, Inc. will be screened on the hill!
Sun 4/22 @ 12pm:     Picnic for the Planet in The Elephants! 
                                  *Limited to the first 30 who sign up, so don't wait.*
Wed 4/25 @ 6:30p:    FARM TOUR CANCELLED.
Sat. 4/28 10a-5p:       PEA Earth Day Fair - The Dixie Classic Fair Grounds.

UNCSA Dining Hall Begins Composting Monday, April 2, 2012

posted Mar 31, 2012, 4:03 PM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Mar 31, 2012, 4:04 PM ]

Thanks to Carol Cooper of Auxiliary Services and Heather Pinks of the Dining Hall, we are pleased to announce that Galins Family Farms will be composting the food waste from the Dining Hall beginning Monday, April 2. Recycling this organic material diverts waste from NC landfills, reduces fossil fuel usage, reduces greenhouse gasses, lowers waste disposal costs and promotes sustainability and environmental awareness.

We hope that you will be as excited as we are about this initiative and if you have any questions about this or other sustainability actions, please contact Facilities Management at 336-770-3323.

Submitted by Jamie Moore, Manager of Landscape Services (UNCSA Every Friday E-Mail 3-30-12)

The items that will be composted are:

·         produce waste

·         bread

·          uncolored paper products

·          egg shells

·          table scraps

·         coffee grounds/filters

·         plant and floral waste.

Meeting #5 - FOOD AND COMPOSTING (4-2-12)

posted Mar 29, 2012, 7:06 PM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Mar 29, 2012, 7:45 PM ]

• On average, our food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.
• Every year, the amount of arable cropland decreases by about 37,000 square miles due to soil erosion.
• 23% of everything we throw away could be composted.
• The average American has a greater greenhouse gas impact from the FOOD they eat than transportation from cars and planes combined!

Come learn about how YOU can make a difference!

THE GREAT SQUEEZE - Free Screening!

posted Mar 19, 2012, 8:11 PM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Mar 25, 2012, 5:38 PM ]


UNCSA Students for Sustainability presents the 1st in our series of critically-acclaimed environmental documentary screenings.

THE GREAT SQUEEZE explores our current ecological and economic predicament stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. Our current paradigm must change. We will have to accept the new reality; the human economy is part of nature and not the other way around.

There will be popcorn, and a discussion afterwards with the audience and S4S members.

Light Switch Reminders

posted Feb 27, 2012, 6:37 AM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 8:13 PM ]

Look out for some new signage around light switches! We have posted fun new reminders across the campus to help people remember to save energy by flipping the switch when they leave.

Below you can find all the different designs we have produced. Feel free to print and use them if you like.

Meeting with I.T.

posted Feb 15, 2012, 10:19 AM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 10:25 AM ]

Today S4S members Ben, Annie, Bogie and Tyler met with the UNCSA I.T.'s Lisa Smith, Vicky Berry, Kurt Linney, and David Caston to discuss ways to green the technology on our campus. In the meeting, we focused on energy efficiency, reducing paper use, and responsible purchasing. For more details, see attached notes.

Look out for some changes in the computer lab! The computers will have power-save mode enabled, and automatic duplex printing will be set as the default.

Campus Clean-Up - RAGING SUCCESS!!

posted Feb 7, 2012, 2:03 PM by Tyler Harmon   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 12:40 PM ]

People actually had fun! Great turnout - 15 total. We cleaned up the Elephants, the Quad, and around Commons.

Our campus has a serious cigarette butt issue. Even away from the Elephants, over 50% of what we picked up was butts. NASTY.

THANK YOU: Britney for the boom box, Liliana for the cookies, Bogie for the gloves, Jamie for the other supplies, Kelly for the bags, and everyone for their hard work!

Feb. 10 Noon-1:30pm

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