Director's Corner

Director’s Corner: Innovate, Or Else

"The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live." ~William McDonough Photo credit: Haiku Deck This month in our exploration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, created by 193 countries under the auspices of…
Mike Kensler
January 5, 2021
Sustainability in Action

Campus Changemaker: Benjamin Burmester

Campus Planner, Benjamin Burmester Benjamin Burmester has a long history with Auburn University. A former student, Burmester, has worked with the University since 2013, where he was originally hired to be a Campus Planner. Last year, Burmester’s position was reclassified, and he now works as a University and Transportation Site…
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December 13, 2020
Updates

Plan to Power Down for Break

Post originally published in 2016 and contributed by Kenzley Defler, Office of Sustainability Intern  The holiday break for Auburn University has begun, so there’s no doubt people’s thoughts are filled with travel plans to see family and friends. Much of campus is vacant during the winter weeks of December and…
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December 9, 2020
Guest Posts

International Justice Mission & the Fight Against Violence

There are an estimated 40 million people that are trapped in different forms of slavery around the world. That is more people in slavery than ever before in history. Human trafficking itself is a $150 billion industry – and it’s growing rapidly. International Justice Mission is a global organization fighting…
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November 16, 2020
Guest Posts

The Pursuit of Equity: Understanding How to Reduce Inequality

To lack equality, to experience or have injustice or partiality; these are the descriptions that populate when you google the definition of inequality. The year is 2020, and society has not progressed in the same facet or to the same magnitude as technology or athleticism. This should draw a red…
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November 16, 2020
Guest Posts

When Advocating Locally, Think Globally

Think global act local: this has been my creed since my time as an intern in the Office of Sustainability, though back in 2007 it was known as the Auburn University Sustainability Initiative. This one phrase can be applied to every state, city, town, and situation. A move to Germany…
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November 16, 2020
Guest Posts

Establishing Leave Accrual Equity for AU Non-Exempt Employees

Auburn University has some great benefits for exempt (A&P) and non-exempt (Staff) employees, but have you ever wondered how those came to be? University Staff Council plays a crucial role in advocating for new and equitable benefits for non-exempt employees. Some of the benefits we know and love, like the…
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November 12, 2020