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Counting the meters

Competition for energy conservation
November 11, 2016

One of the most commendable features of Case Western Reserve University is its forward-thinking dedication to being environmentally sustainable. A host of initiatives and organizations on campus have worked...

Focus on sustainability

September 23, 2016

On Sept. 17 from 1-6 p.m., the Student Sustainability Council (SCC) hosted their annual Farm Harvest Festival, a tradition since 2010. According to Heather Eby, secretary of the SCC and a second-year chemical...

Celebrate sustainability this weekend

September 16, 2016

An annual tradition since 2010, the Farm Harvest Festival will be entering its sixth year Sept. 17. Presented by the Student Sustainability Council (SSC), this is a fun-focused event that allows Case...

Student Sustainability Council passes two USG resolutions

The Student Sustainability Council has a several-year plan for implementing renewable energy sources and plans to work on campus's water infrastructure before disposable water bottles are banned.
April 14, 2016

Campus may soon be losing plastic bottles and gaining sustainable energy. The Student Sustainability Council (SSC), an ad-hoc committee under the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), proposed two...

CWRU studies solar panels

March 31, 2016

After an uncharacteristically warm winter in Cleveland, the upcoming summer offers the possibility of being even hotter than usual—with plenty of sun to enjoy and to use. This is good news for Case Western...

Recycling as a journey, a student’s career

John Brogan made posters in which recycling represented one part of a journey in order to study the effectiveness of that as a conceptual metaphor.
March 31, 2016

Fourth-year student John Brogan found his passion while being hassled as he canvassed for a door-to-door environmental campaign. As he collected signatures, fundraised and encouraged some less-than-enthused...

Whether ‘grabbing’ or ‘bagging,’ lunch now without plastic bags

October 30, 2015

The typical beacon of a student’s Grab It! or Bag It! lunch is the plastic bag. Due to over a year of efforts by the Student Sustainability Council (SSC), that has now changed. On Wednesday, Oct....

TVUC gets new trash cans

Single-stream recycling should cut down on waste of recyclables, but Northeast Ohio still lacks the infrastructure to compost everything decomposable.
September 24, 2015

Single-stream recycling is the new green initiative at Case Western Reserve University. Single-stream recycling is the process of combining all recyclables, such as glass, plastic or cardboard, together...

Racing a cardboard navy

In heat one, the “USSC” dashes from the wall to victory, while the “Whale Wagon” and “1-2-1 Fierceness” attempt to catch up in the inaugural Recycle Regatta in Donnell Pool.
Theta Tau and 1-2-1 Fitness host inaugural Recycle Regatta
March 26, 2015

The buzzer sounded, the race was off. But the contestants were not running, swimming or cycling. Instead they were rowing cardboard boats across Donnell Pool racing not just each other, but also the...

Moving towards a more sustainable campus

CWRU hopes to recycle 50 percent of its trash within the next five years
March 19, 2015
CWRU prides itself on its sustainability, but there is always more to be done. The Department of Sustainability hopes to recycle 50 percent of the university's trash within the next five years.
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