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The Song of the Taiwanese Trash Truck

by Jesse Teel Taiwan had the unfortunate nickname “Garbage Island.” Trash polluted the environment through littering and burning. Mountains of waste rotted in the streets. Taiwan initiated a waste management overhaul and the last two decades have seen a transformation to a clean, largely litter-free country.   The waste and recycling…
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January 27, 2023
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Student Sustainability Essay Award

Photo courtesy of Becki Retzlaff The Academic Sustainability Program and the Writing Center are sponsoring a sustainability essay award. The award recognizes an essay that reflects on the holistic nature of sustainability and analyzes the relationship between self and the physical environment. Winners will receive an award, a gift card…
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January 24, 2023
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ALUMINUM IS A RECYCLING CHAMP

by Jesse Teel I started as the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department Coordinator for Auburn University in August. The learning curve is steep when you begin two weeks before the first football game. Gameday operations are a major focus for our department as we add hundreds of trash cans and…
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November 14, 2022
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The Greenest Building is One Already Built

by Becki Retzlaff Auburn University is home to some excellent examples of green buildings, and Auburn has made commitments to purchasing sustainable equipment and construction materials for new buildings. One fine example of such a building is the new Jay and Susie Gouge Performing Arts Center, which is certified by…
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November 11, 2022
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Sustainability in the Core Curriculum

by Becki Retzlaff Photo credit: Becki Retzlaff An important part of getting an undergraduate education is the core curriculum. The core curriculum helps Auburn maintain its accreditation, makes sure that students have basic knowledge of a variety of subjects, draws different parts of their education together, and provides a well-rounded…
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October 31, 2022