Posts tagged ‘Green purchasing’

Project Updates: Yale’s Progress

from Yale University | Connecticut, USA

by Matt Ramlow

Yale has completed the first phase of its dual project with MIT by compiling a list of 88 different environmental initiatives throughout the different departments at Yale. We then began to sort the projects into our major 3 sub-categories; built environment, behavioral, and communications projects. Yale has also drafted a preliminary survey to interview each of the projects and gather information regarding the development, funding, work hours, participation, goals, transparency, savings/reductions, and level of success of each project. Our next step is to continue to collaborate with MIT to create a final draft of the survey that can be administered across both campuses. We hope to have this completed in early April so we can conduct our interviews before the end of the spring semester (mid May) and start to gather the data from the different projects.

To view the Project Database and Preliminary Survey Questions, click on the following link.


April 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

Project Highlights: Near-Zero Waste Events

from Carnegie Mellon University | Pennsylvania, USA

The primary goals of the project are to reduce total event waste and divert as much landfill waste as possible. The project team will work with event coordinators to reduce the total food-related material purchased per head with the goal of integrating low-waste purchasing into event planning for 1-3 departments. The department demonstrations will be used to develop low-waste event purchasing practices. If possible, the project team will work with purchasing and event coordinators to estimate benchmarks for current practices. The team’s goal is to apply best practices to freshmen orientation events for the incoming class of 2014. This endeavor may demonstrate to the public that all flatware, cups, napkins, and food waste can be recycled or composted for an event serving several hundred heads. In terms of measurables, the team plans to measure the waste composted, recycled and land filled per head at all demonstration events. They will also create a simple mechanism to track the number of students, faculty and staff served by low-waste events.

February 4, 2010 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Eatery

from ETH Zurich University | Zurich, Switzerland

The team’s focus is on eaternity, a concept promoting the consumption of CO2-optimized meals, with the overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions related to food consumption on campus. To do this, they planned on analyzing the results from their 3-week pilot project where a CO2-optimized meal was offered in one of their canteens. Upon identifying which meals sold best, the team hopes to design new meals that are as attractive to students as the most popular meals. They planned on increasing the visibility of the optimized meals through labels. The team also hopes to encourage other universities to try out the concept by increasing the friendliness of their online CO2 calculator, improving their recipe database, and offer guides and coaching on how to get an Eaternity Program started on campus. Measurable results from this project include CO2 reductions, awareness of food sustainability on campus, and adoptions of Eaternity by other universities.

February 4, 2010 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Leadership building through Energy Efficiency & Resource Saving Plans

from Tongji University | Shanghai, China

Upon surveying their university’s green campus achievements and shortcomings—the team identified needs to increase energy efficiency in electric appliances and recycling rates of paper on campus. Tongji University will take an educational approach, with plans to host classes to change the community’s consciousness level in regards to the team’s two goals. In addition to promoting these green goals, the project shows promising in the ability to empower student groups, connect them to helpful administrators and incorporate graduates of the classes into the project.  The team hopes to use measures of proportion of  energy efficient appliances to the total appliances, the proportion of the recycled paper to the total consumption, the ratio of the energy and paper saving, the number of the sponsored activities to assess the team’s effectiveness.


February 4, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: A Cross-University Integrated Study

from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University | Massachusetts and Connecticut, USA

This team plans to study over 50 programs at MIT and 88 at Yale. The study will look at different factors involved that affect the success of various programs. Analysis will be completed to look at the relative success of different programs and identify which factors are sufficient and/or necessary for program success. Such analysis will guide future decisions for institutional support of energy and sustainability programs. The project will also yield an inventory of campus programs in energy and sustainability and a host of information on each project including how the programs are linked to the organizational make-up of the institution at the administrative, departmental and student level. The major deliverable of this project will be the final report which should be complete by March of 2010.

January 28, 2010 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

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