Tag Archive for Sustainaiblity

Green Computer Usage

LOGOBIG_400_174Scholars may disagree over how many laborers were needed to build Egypt’s pyramids. But no one?except those promoting alien theories?appears to argue that it required many people working together, one small step at a time. It seems to me that this approach is generally mirrored in many of the actions we take in the name of sustainability: It’s in the aggregate that the true value of the effort is revealed.

Furniture carpentry with Upper Pulangi youth in northern Mindanao, Philippines

2014_09_30_N&E_Photo2This Hulas Furniture Carpentry Course of Tuen hu Uyag is a four-week training course and is an institutional collaboration between the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Pusat Pengembangan dan Pelatihan Industri Kayu (PIKA), a Jesuit vocational school for woodworking technology in Semarang, Indonesia.


essc_sustainabilityThe global importance of forests and fear of any further widespread conversion impacting on climate and biodiversity is acknowledged internationally and cannot be ignored or afforded by the Philippines. Sustainability carries multiple and varied assumptions and people feel that any further change is loss as the stability of the natural system implicitly defines sustainability. Yet contradictions occur in society. Large scale exploitation of resources is for many economically evident and a must, while indigenous people practicing swidden is unacceptable. For others, the reverse is arguable. Sustainability is the balancing of change so that resources can be accessed while ecological services sustained and must include social and cultural equity.

Purchasing Policies

chemical-140_1Purchasing is another major area in which SCU can be an effective and responsible steward of the environment. A growing number of organizations are adopting environmental purchasing criteria for a wide range of products. These policies supplement, but do not replace, traditional criteria of cost, performance and availability by giving preference to products that use fewer hazardous materials, are more energy efficient, generate less waste, incorporate more recycled materials and are themselves more easily recycled.

Recycling @ GU

plasticrecycleIn 2012, WSRA named Gonzaga  higher education recycler of the year because of our commitment to recycling.  The 25-30% reduction of garbage by “recycling, composting, and innovating waste reduction policies” was a major factor in receiving this reward.