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Sustainability Picnic 2023

By Hannah Schwartz A student holds a snake after grabbing some fresh flowers. Auburn University’s Sustainability Picnic returned this year for another incredible event with locally-sourced food, live music, and countless involvement opportunities. Over 330 students attended and were able to visit with other students as well as resources, clubs,…
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September 11, 2023
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Energy Efficiency is in the Air

By Betsy Farrell Garcia, recipient of the Sustainability Professional Development Sponsorship Award. Extending the applied research in housing access and affordability conducted by faculty and students at Auburn University Rural Studio, the faculty-led Front Porch Initiative works with not-for-profit builder partners across the southeast offering housing products and technical assistance…
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April 28, 2023
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“Handprint” Your Way to A Better World

By Mike Buhmann and Stephanie Richardson In 2021, Auburn University purchased over 800 chairs from Humanscale (the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic and sustainable furniture) for use in several departments around campus.   This leaves the world better off by conserving and returning:    3,611 kg of CO2, which equates to…
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March 31, 2023
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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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Purchasing Assessment: Auburn University’s STARs Report

by Randy Martin, Office of Sustainability With this “Purchasing” criteria, ¹STARS is drawing attention to the purchasing power of universities. Collectively universities spend billions of dollars on essential items. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the total revenue for degree-granting, postsecondary institutions in the United States was $695…
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December 2, 2022
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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