Sustainability Summit celebrates new environmental assessment
27 April 2005
(Cathy Cockrell photo)
"It's the first time we have ever done a comprehensive snapshot of the whole campus at same time," says Recyling Coordinator Lisa Bauer. "We were pleasantly surprised at some of the as-yet-untold success stories." The survey also identifies "easy, difficult, and nigh-unto-impossible" sustainability "opportunities," says Bauer. "I hope they will become a template for what we can do in the next few years to start moving the campus toward sustainability."
At the summit, Chancellor Birgeneau will present the recipients of this year's UC Berkeley Sustainability Awards, while CACS will announce the first projects to be funded by the Chancellor's Green Campus Fund. Started last year with $10,000 in seed money, the fund provides one-time grants of up to $1,500 for "green" projects proposed by students, faculty, or staff. According to Bauer, the first round of applications included many innovative ideas, such as a project to convert used vegetable cooking oil from residence-hall kitchens to biodiesel for campus vehicles.
The summit takes place in the Wells Fargo Room, on the fourth floor of Cheit Hall in the Haas School of Business. To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com; for more information, visit sustainability.berkeley.edu.