Sustainability Spotlight - February 2013
Newsletter of the KU Center for Sustainability. The February issue includes an announcement about the Center, and introduction to new KU Recycling operations coordinator, and information about Recyclemania and LEED certified buildings at KU.
Sustainability Spotlight February 2013 KU Recycling & Surplus Join Center for Sustainability In order to better align the Center for Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Program and strengthen operational and outreach components of both, the two departments merged on January 22. The merger establishes KU Recycling and KU Surplus as divisions of the Center. “These changes will benefit our programs by making operations more eﬃcient, dedicating needed resources to outreach, and creating new opportunities for growth,” said Jeﬀ Severin, Center for Sustainability Director. “We have a shared mission, and this help us better coordinate our eﬀorts.” KU Recycling provides recycling services for the campus community, including academic, administrative, and residential facilities. A team of student technicians collect from KU Center for Sustainability over 1,000 recycling bins in nearly 100 buildings. The program diverts nearly 600 tons of material from the landfill each year, including cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, #1‐7 plastics, and aluminum. program placed more than 5,000 surplus items, diverting over 110 tons of material from the landfill. The recycling program operates under the supervision of Manuel Abarca, Recycling Operations Coordinator. Abarca joined the program on January 22, filling this new position focused on increasing the eﬃciency and eﬀectiveness of the campus recycling program (see KU Hires page 2). As part of the merger and reorganization, Program Manager Kari Cantarero will focus on education and outreach initiatives for the Center, including KU Recycling and KU Surplus. Her responsibilities will also include overseeing and expanding the Sustainability Ambassador Program, Green Oﬃce Recognition Program, and campus green teams. KU Surplus collects reusable furniture and oﬃce supplies from the Lawrence campus free of charge and makes items available for purchase by other departments, or available for donation to non‐profits. The KU Surplus inventory includes desks, tables, and other oﬃce furniture, as well as modular furniture. In FY 2012 the The KU Recycling and KU Surplus programs recently moved to 2302 Bob Billings Parkway, where the surplus inventory can be viewed between 8 and 10 AM on Tuesdays, or by appointment. The Center for Sustainability has moved to the Facilities Services Building at 1503 Sunflower Road. Page 1 1 Sustainability Spotlight February 2013 KU Hires New Recycling Operations Director Newly hired Recycling Operations Coordinator Manuel R. Abarca IV left the University of Central Missouri after creating a 5,000 bin university and city‐wide comprehensive recycling program. In 2010, Abarca helped initiate the University’s first student‐run Center for Sustainability and was recognized for his eﬀorts by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He also led UCM in their achievement of the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award in 2012. “I am honored to serve in this position and look forward to solving the many complex challenges this opportunity has to oﬀer,” said Abarca. I understand KU is the best place to be a champion and want our recycling program to equally be the best, but need everyone’s help to make this happen.” National Recycling Challenge Gets Underway RecycleMania springs back into action as college campuses compete to see who can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most on‐campus waste. From February 3 through March 30, 605 schools across the country will compete in nine categories to see who recycles the most on a per capita basis, who produces the least amount of waste, and who recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. With each week’s updated ranking, KU Center for Sustainability participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. To help KU improve our rankings this year, see the recycling guide on page 5. Overall Goals for RecycleMania 1. Motivate students and staﬀ to increase recycling eﬀorts and reduce waste generation. 2. Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs. 3. Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their eﬀort to improve their programs over time. 4. Have a fair and friendly competition. Page 2 2 Sustainability Spotlight February 2013 Two KU Buildings Receive LEED Certification The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to KU Endowment’s oﬃce building in Kansas City, Kansas. It opened in 2011. The Center for Design Research, on KU’s West Campus, earned the USGBC’s top award, LEED Platinum. It was designed and built by the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning’s Studio 804, and also dedicated in 2011. Only 38 of 1,100 certified buildings have been given Platinum ratings since LEED started in 2004. LEED is a voluntary, consensus‐based, market‐ driven program. It requires third‐party verification of whether a building meets extremely high thresholds for green design, construction, and operations. Extra points are awarded for innovation. Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment, said the structure reflects Endowment’s commitment to the responsible use of resources. “It is an honor for our building to be recognized for its energy conservation measures.” The 30,000‐square‐foot building has geothermal heat pumps, and uses LED exterior lighting to curtail light pollution. Reduced glazing on the east and west elevations, and a highly reflective roofing surface reduce summer heat gain. Twenty percent of its material was locally sourced, and uses 40% less water than most buildings its size. The CDR shares many of these characteristics, but gained Platinum by adding such features as an electricity‐ producing wind turbine, and car‐charging station. A fern covered living wall in the Center for Design Research conference room purifies interior air. A “Trombe wall” captures heat for winter use, and rejects it in summer. “Achieving any LEED certification at all requires a tremendous commitment, and the owners and designers of very few buildings do it,” said Dan Rockhill, the SADP’s J.L. Constant Professor of Design who is also the director of Studio 804. “The work involved in creating both the Endowment and CDR buildings was extremely complex, very time consuming, and excruciatingly detailed,” he said. “It took an amazing amount of tenacity to follow it all the way through to completion.” KU Endowment KU Center for Sustainability Page 3 3 Sustainability Spotlight February 2013 Live Sustainably Upcoming Campus and Community Events 2/22 Beyond the Long Hot Summer: The Future of Water in Kansas 4:00‐7:00 PM Spooner Hall, The Commons 2/26 Langston Hughes Professor Lecture Series: “Occupy This: Political Representation, Prophetic Voices, Popular Culture and the Contested Rhetorical Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement” 3:30 PM Kansas Union, Kansas Room Ecology, Ethics, and Community 2/27 5:30‐6:30 pm: Reception at Liberty Hall 6:30‐7:45 pm: Screening of the Journey of the Universe at Liberty Hall 7:45 pm: Panel Discussion with Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Dr. Donald Worster, Rev. Thad Holcombe, and Dr. Paul Outka 3/1 17th Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference (Conference) 8:00 AM‐5:00 PM Burge Union 3/4 “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” ‐ Stephen Gardiner 11:30 AM Spooner Hall 3/8 New Cities Think Tank—ʺChanging Transportation Systems for a Changing Society: New Mobility Concepts for New Cities.ʺ 11:30 AM 210 Snow Hall The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orienta‐ tion, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s pro‐ 2/28 9:30‐10:45 am: Student Colloquium at the Commons at Spooner Hall 11:30 am‐12:30 pm: Veggie Lunch at ECM with Students 7:00 pm: Community Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art Join Us For more information about sustainability at KU, visit www.sustainability.ku.edu like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KUSustainability, or follow us on Twitter @SustainKU. KU Center for Sustainability grams and activities. The following person has been desig‐ nated to handle inquiries regarding the non‐discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Oﬃce of Institutional Op‐ portunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864‐6414, 711 TTY. Contribute Is your department or organization contributing to a more sustainable KU? We’d love to hear about it and include your eﬀorts in our next issue of the Spotlight! Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 4 4 KU RECYCLING SORTING GUIDELINES February 2013 KU Recycling collects the following materials at most loca ons: ALUMINUM CANS OFFICE PAK Includes: White Paper Pastel Colored Paper Brochures Stapled Books Envelopes Manila File Folders Junk Mail Gree ng Cards Heavy Weight Paper Does Not Include: Newsprint Cardboard or Chipboard Paper or Styrofoam Cups Napkins of Tissues Food Contaminated Paper Magazines or Glossy Paper Books with Glued Binding Paper Bags Does Not Include: Magazines or Glossy Paper Phone Books or Catalogs Includes: Aluminum cans ONLY CORRUGATED CARDBOARD Includes: Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Corrugated Packaging Does Not Include: Soiled Pizza Boxes Waxy Cardboard Any boxes that have food contamina on CHIPBOARD Includes: Steel ( n) cans ONLY Does Not Include: Aluminum Cans Bo les of any kind Sheet or Scrap Metal TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES & CATALOGS Includes campus and municipal phone books and catalogs with similar con‐ struc on (heavy‐weight cover with newspaper‐like pages) Mixed Paper Does Not Include: Corrugated Cardboard Grades of paper not listed above, including journals, hard‐back books and glue‐bound books should be recycled separately from other materials. MAGAZINES Includes: Magazines Glossy Paper Includes: Other Paperboard Packaging Does Not Include: Foil Food Wrappers Steel or Tin Cans STEEL CANS NEWSPAPER Includes: All Newsprint Does Not Include: Junk Mail Phone Directories #1— #7 PLASTICS Any #1‐#7 plas c (salad bar take‐out, plas c packaging etc) KU Center for Sustainability Shredded Paper Bags of shredded paper should be ed shut to close bag completely. Do not put shredded overheads or any other type of plas cs in with the shredded oﬃce pak. DO NOT put shred‐ ded paper in, or stack on top of or next to the regular recycling bins. Instead, contact KU Recycling for a special collec on. Page 5 5