May 9, 2017

Sustainability department launches new website

Cleveland State University Sustainability Department has launched a new stand-alone website to help bring new recognition to the sustainability program. “The hope for the website is to make it simple and interesting, as well as to exhibit the array of sustainability all over the Cleveland State campus,” said Jennifer McMillin, Director of Sustainability.

McMillin said the website designers wanted to help students interested in helping the environment by posting events, news stories, internships and also, the website posts areas of study that students can go into.

The Sustainability website shares information on how to properly depose of waste and how to recycle. As well as, how individuals’ actions could affect the amount of waste sent to our landfills.

Another topic McMillin noted on the website is how to use the car system known as zipcar. Zipcar allows for student to rent one of the six cars on campus. Students can rent the car from an hour all the way up to seven days.

The website has six different interactive boxes, which students can click on to learn more information on a certain topic. These boxes include energy and emissions, transport, waste and recycling, campus operations, education and culture and finally building and grounds.

Although the website just launched, McMillin said plans include adding information in the future. Some of the content may include more statistics and how to print double-sided pages, how to adjust the sleep setting on your computer, and finally what can be recycled in each bin.

The website includes a couple of groups that student can get involved in. such as, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which is the primary for sustainability in upper education. This group provides people with a network, annual conference extensive resources on executing sustainability on campus, and professional development opportunities.

Another group is the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which is a network of colleges that have committed to carbon neutrality and to fast-track research and education to help make a more sustainable civilization.

A Cleveland State organization is the Student Environmental Movement (SEM). This group does water quality monitoring, beach clean-ups, social events, camping trips and take care of pollinator garden patch on campus.


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