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October 2013

Campus Sustainability Week at KU October is in full swing and that means that Campus Sustainability Week is around the corner! From October 21 – October 25, the Center for Sustainability will be highlighting 5 of our initiatives, one for each day of the week. Please take some time to step out of your office or classroom and help us celebrate sustainability on our campus! Monday, October 21 Rock Chalk Recycle Stop by the Center for Sustainability table on Wescoe Beach from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will be giving away a number of freebies, including shirts, bags, and other sustainability related items. We will also have a replica waste station set up to play a “where do the recyclab les go” waste sorting game. This table will spread the word about the vast sustainable waste management initiatives that the University currently promotes, including all-campus recycling, and Rock Chalk Recycle, the new athletics waste diversion program. Tuesday, October 22 Bike KU From 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM the Center for Sustainability will be hosting a bike breakfast on Wescoe Beach. Students, faculty, or staff who ride their bikes to, from, and on campus are invited to get food and refreshments while also receiving information about biking. There will be seasoned cyclists on hand to talk about the best gear for bike commuting and discuss the new smartphone app showing cyclists where the bike racks are throughout

campus. Anyone visit-

ing the table will also be able to pledge to ride and be entered in a drawing for great prizes!

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October 2013 Wednesday, October 23 Replant Mt Oread Wednesday of Campus Sustainability Week is devoted to Replant Mount Oread. The Center for Sustainability will hold a Social Media Scavenger Hunt all about our campus trees and landscapes. Participants will be entered to win a Center for Sustainability Grab Bag; those who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered twice! To participate, follow @SustainKU on Twitter, @SustainKU on Instagram or like us on Facebook. Then on Wednesday, October 23rd, respond to the provided clues with text or a photo using Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and include hashtag #replantKU. Clues and full details will be listed on our Facebook page Monday, Ocotber 21st, 2013. Thursday, October 24 KU Fights Hunger As part of Campus Sustainability Week we are promoting KU Fights Hunger Month with a special competition. Starting now through October 24th, individuals from your department can make a private contribution at and credit it to your department in the "Comments" field. The department that donates the most by the end of the day next Thursday will be recognized at our spring leadership award program. Visit our website to find out how to earn credit for your department. Every dollar donated to Just Food buys up to 5 lbs of food that can be distributed by over 30 local agencies, including the Campus Food Pantry at ECM. Your donations make a major impact in the fight against hunger right here in Douglas County!

Friday, October 25 Lights Out! The 2013 Campus Sustainability Week culminates in a campus wide Lights Out! day where students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to turn off their lights and conserve energy. We hope that individuals all across campus will think more about the significant amounts of electricity we use every day to power the campus. Turning off the lights one day will not only conserve a lot of energy, but it will also promote conservation behaviors and considerations year-round. For more information about campus sustainability week events, please visit us on Facebook or email us at We look forward to seeing you at all of the events!

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October 2013

KU Graduate Student Develops Bike Rack App By Jay Decker, Graduate Research Assistant, KU Transportation Research Institute Meet RackIt – An Android app recent developed by graduate student Jay Decker to help promote bicycling on campus. The app uses both traditional and satellite mapping imagery similar to Google Maps to provide bicyclists with an aerial map of where bicycle parking can be found on the KU campus. Users can search for bicycle racks located at a specific campus building and then select a rack to see its bicycle-parking capacity. The app was created as a resource for campus riders to find the best bicycle rack for their trip. According to Jay, “While bicycling has been steadily increasing on campus, everyone tends to parks at the same three or four racks because they are most visible. A lot of KU’s bicycle racks are hidden behind tall shrubs or in odd spots. This app will help bicyclists find the rack that is closest to them, which will improve the bicycling experience on campus and alleviate some of the congestion at popular bicycle racks.” The app is for Android phones and can downloaded free from the Google Play Store.

America Recycles Day Activities Planned America Recycles Day, which takes place every year on November 15th, is a day dedicated to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to encourage recycling and the use of recycled materials. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful, and is nationally recognized across campuses and cities throughout the US. This year the Center for Sustainability and KU Recycling are partnering with the City or Lawrence to bring you some exciting events! On Friday, November 15th, we, in partnership with the City of Lawrence, will be hosting a screening of the documentary The Wrong Bin along with a panel discussion lead by recycling professionals within the city and region. The panel will kick off by discussion recycling options in our area, including the upcoming single stream recycling throughout the City of Lawrence. The panel will also be available after the documentary to further discuss and answer any questions that may have come up. The screening will be held from 4 p.m.—6 p.m., Friday, November 15th at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Then, on Saturday, November 16th, join us along with KU Athletics and the Rock Chalk Recycle crew for the Green Game at Memorial Stadium. We will be highlighting the successes of Rock Chalk Recycle thus far and will be providing information on the initiative. We are also looking for volunteers to help promote the Rock Chalk Recycle initiative at this game and all Athletics home games! Sign up at

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October 2013

Taking Arts to the Streets! The Lied Center for the Performing Arts is looking for students from the University of Kansas that want to be involved with building and creating a sculptural piece of art work from salvaged materials. We are connecting an art project with the upcoming performance: Red, Black, & GREEN: a blues by Mark Bamuthi Joseph. Check out more about the performance here: Theaster Gates, the installation artist for the performance, uses salvaged materials from the Chicago area. His projects can be found at We are looking for about 20 students to help bring this idea to life. (The project is aimed towards architecture, design, sculpture, engineering, fine arts, environmental studies, social justice studies, English/creative writing, and similar fields as it relates to the overarching themes of the performance. – too wordy – take, rewrite, or take out)! Perks are included for helping with the creation of the sculpture! Perks include meeting with Mark Bamuthi Joseph, the artistic director and creator of the performance, seeing the installation work of Theaster Gates pre-performance, and receiving tickets to the show on November 9th, 2013! Deadline for participants applying is October 18th; the first meeting will be early the following week. Participation is on a first come/email back, first serve basis. More info will be provided at the first meeting, where student participants work out theme ideas, dates, size, etc. Here at the Lied Center we think it’s important to create and further a symbiotic relationship between the performing arts and the university. Our hope is that this project will combine departments, groups, organizations, and people under the roof of art.

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Live Sustainably Upcoming Campus and Community Events 10/21-10/25 Campus Sustainability Week Visit our website for event details 10/24 Hunger Advocacy Training 7 pm KS Union, Malott Room 11/15 America Recycles Day Screening 4 pm—6 pm ECM, 1204 Oread Ave. Lawrence, KS 11/16 KU Football Green Game TBD Memorial Stadium

Become an Ambassador Are you interested in becoming a Sustainability Ambassador, or know someone in your department who may be? Visit the Center for Sustainability website or email for more information. 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 orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Join Us For more information about sustainability at KU, visit like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @SustainKU.

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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

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October 2013 KU Recycling collects the following materials at most locations.



Includes: White Paper Pastel Colored Paper Brochures Stapled Books Envelopes Manila File Folders Junk Mail Greeting 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

Includes: Aluminum cans ONLY

Steel or Tin Cans

STEEL CANS Includes: Steel (tin) cans ONLY

NEWSPAPER Includes: All Newsprint

Does Not Include: Magazines or Glossy Paper Phone Books or Catalogs

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD Includes: Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Corrugated Packaging

Does Not Include: Soiled Pizza Boxes Waxy Cardboard Any boxes that have food contamination

CHIPBOARD Includes: Other Paperboard Packaging

Does Not Include: Corrugated Cardboard

MAGAZINES Includes: Magazines Glossy Paper

Does Not Include: Aluminum Cans Bottles of any kind Sheet or Scrap Metal

TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES & CATALOGS Includes campus and municipal phone books and catalogs with similar construction (heavy-weight cover with newspaper-like pages)

Mixed Paper Grades of paper not listed above, including journals, hard-back books and glue-bound books should be recycled separately from other materials.

Shredded Paper Does Not Include: Junk Mail Phone Directories

#1— #7 PLASTICS Any #1-#7 plastic (salad bar take-out, plastic packaging etc)

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Does Not Include: Foil Food Wrappers

Bags of shredded paper should be tied shut to close bag completely. Do not put shredded overheads or any other type of plastics in with the shredded office pak. DO NOT put shredded paper in, or stack on top of or next to the regular recycling bins. Instead, contact KU Recycling for a special collection.

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October 2013 spotlight update  

Monthly update about sustainability at the University of Kansas!

October 2013 spotlight update  

Monthly update about sustainability at the University of Kansas!