One of the first things Keoki Kakigi ’13 noticed during his time at USF was the cafeteria waste bins: green for compostable products, blue for recyclables, and black for landfill trash. Student workers sat next to the bins and taught people what to do with their leftovers. Compost food and paper containers, recycle soda bottles, and chuck plastic wrappers.
“It made a big impact on me,” says Kakigi, who hadn’t seen these kinds of bins on Guam, the Pacific island where he grew up. “After the students educated me on what to do, I kept on doing it, even if they weren’t there.”
Thursday, September 3 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Fromm Hall 120 – Xavier Auditorium
Join us as Mary Evelyn Tucker unpacks the invitations and challenges of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation, responsible development and the effects of environmental injustice on the world’s poor. The response will be given by John Coleman, SJ and will be followed by opportunity for questions and small group discussion.
Julia Morreale, ISN’s environmental justice/sustainability intern, takes a look at the top 10 ways her school (University of San Francisco) stays sustainable. How does YOUR institution embrace sustainability?
To recapture the attention of USF’s CFO and VP of Business and Finance, Charlie Cross, members and supporters of Fossil Free USF—the fossil fuel divestment campaign—recently garnered over 200 online petition signatures from the USF community in 48 hours. Each endorsement went to Cross’ inbox, which proved galling enough to achieve the response we sought.
In support of the social responsibility aspect of the University’s mission, ITS is committed to implementing environmentally smart solutions to establish a sustainable technology infrastructure.
University of San Francisco alums aren’t the only ones striving to reduce humanity’s ecological impact and take advantage of more efficient “green” technologies. In the last year, USF has invested in a fifth array of solar panels, moved to shrink sales of plastic water bottles, and established an administrative-level Green Team to develop strategies for a more sustainable campus.