The Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board and the Green Fund
What is the Green Fund?
The Green Fund is an initiative created by the Sustainable Initiative Consulting Board to promote the sustainable spirit of Barnard's community. It is envisioned as a launching pad for students to innovate ways of improving Barnard College's environmental performance and reducing campus emissions. Ideas and events funded by The Green Fund are tailored to meet Barnard's sustainable goals, collaborating efforts from both students, faculty and staff.
The Sustainability Initiative Consulting Board (SICB) serves as the means by which students actively research and assess campus sustainability to maintain and improve this social commitment. It acts as a liaison between the student body and the administration. This committee is responsible for developing policies and improving building infrastructure to increase campus sustainability, including but not limited to waste reduction, energy consumption and water conservation.
What is SICB and how is it different from ECO-Reps?
SICB will be dedicated to working alongside Eco-Reps. Whereas the mission of the Eco-Reps is peer education of sustainable practices at Barnard, SICB will work towards enabling policies for the success and efficiency of their efforts.
Conducting an Environmentally Sustainable Student Group Event
A Checklist for Event Organizers
Below is a checklist SICB provides to ensure that your club’s event is an environmentally sustainable one.
Before your event:
· Event advertising minimizes waste
- Market using email, Facebook, websites, flash ads, chalking, and mural boards
- If you choose to use posters, remember that only one side of your poster is seen, so consider printing on the back of already used paper.
· General supplies and promotional items/giveaways are environmentally friendly.
- Avoid purchasing giveaways if they are not vital to the mission of your event. Remember that the “greenest” events involve less superfluous consumption and waste.
- If purchasing general supplies or promotional items/giveaways look for “eco-friendly” options.
* Most T-shirt companies offer organic cotton T-shirts
* Kinkos has a “Green Book” of eco-friendly office supplies online
· Food choices are environmentally friendly
- Ask your caterer to source locally grown, seasonal, and organic foods whenever possible.
* CU Dining and Barnard Catering all offer local produce when possible. Try sticking to simple minimal ingredient foods whenever possible.
* Community Food and Juice offers a 100% local catering menu.
- Try to compost and recycle whenever possible
* There is a compost machine at Barnard, which is located right outside of Altschul, tucked away on the right hand side of the building.
* Take a look at the map to see where the recycling bins on campus are!
- Try to accurately gauge the size of your event and avoid getting more food or utensils that you don’t need.
- Serve vegetarian meals or less meat; meat production is extremely energy intensive, inefficient and contributes to environmental and public health threats.
- Have a plan to make sure any leftovers or unused utensils do not go to waste.
· Beverage choices minimize waste
- Avoid individually packaged beverages. Ask event attendees to bring their own mug or provide or request pitchers/carafes for beverages.
- Choose biodegradable or recyclable cups.
- Don’t default to pizza! Greasy boxes are not recyclable. Consider healthier options with less waste.
During Your Event:
· Recycling is clearly marked
- Make sure the recycling containers are placed next to the trash to minimize contamination
- Make an announcement during your event of the location of the recycling containers and what is recyclable and what is not.
· Energy use is minimized
- Check that unneeded projectors and multimedia equipment are off.
- Do not use more lightning than you need. For daytime events consider raising the window shades rather than turning on the lights.
- Make sure that doors to the outside and windows remain closed.
· Promote that it is an environmentally friendly event.
- Let people know that you want your event to be environmentally friendly and tell them about the efforts you have made. If they know you have gone the extra mile they will too.
After Your Event:
· All trash is in its place
- Do a double check to make sure that recycling has made it to the recycling bin, and trash has made it to the trashcan.
· Nothing is going to waste
- Save unused utensils, condiments, or other appropriate items for future
- Spread the word about extra food or extra items (you could try emailing Bwog!)
- Take note of any excess so you can plan better next time.
· The event is over and so is its power consumption
- If you used any electronic equipment make sure to turn it off
- Turn off the lights on your way out.