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JUST IN GIVING GREEN TO GO GREEN From using only 100 percent recycled stock paper to monitoring recycling with a computer program, the University of Washington in Seattle has many green initiatives that have earned it the secondplace ranking on the National Sierra Club’s list of the most sustainable schools in the nation. To reach their goal of earning the first-place position, however, the students and staff at UW will have to go a bit further. In September 2009, UW released a Climate Action Plan, which intends to achieve 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade and the elimination of all net emissions by 2050. To reach these targets, the plan also calls for more student involvement. A group of UW students rose to this challenge and proposed the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Under their proposal, the CSF would generate $685,000 a year through a $5 fee for every student per quarter. This fee would fund student-led sustainability projects and green education for students. The goal is to create projects that lower carbon emissions, energy use, water use, and waste. One existing idea is to use the funds to install solar panels on top of residence halls. The students suggested forming a CSF committee under the current campus Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office. The committee would be made up of representatives from each major student administrative body on campus and would be in charge of allocating the funds. Many other colleges and universities have already adopted similar green fees for students, including the University of Oregon in Eugene and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The University of California in Santa Barbara has created an informational Web site featuring case studies of the use of green fees at various institutions. To learn more about green fees, visit the University of California at Santa Barbara Web site at sustainability.ucsb.edu/tgif/references.php. To view the most recent school rankings from the National Sierra Club, visit www.sierraclub. org/sierra/200909/coolschools/allrankings. IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Dining Hall Welcomes Changing Seasons When the Maple-Willow-Larch Dining Center opened in 1969 at Iowa State University in Ames, it was considered to be a top campus dining facility, far ahead of its counterparts, with features like four cafeteria lines. But 40 years later, students were calling this outdated facility a “dark dungeon.” In response, Iowa State University officials presented the newly renovated Seasons Marketplace to students in August 2009. The new facility includes a number of state-of-the-art features, including a flatscreen monitor to display the day’s menu and unique artwork to reflect the seasons of the year. There are six different stations with a variety of food options for the 3,400 meals served each day: Hickory’s serves smoked meat, Bonsai’s serves international cuisine, the Olive Branch cooks pizzas in a woodfired stone oven, the Wood Grill offers sandwiches and burgers, Bushel Basket provides the soup and salad bar, and Cocoa Bean serves locally roasted coffee. All food is fresh and cooked-to-order, which is a new experience for ISU staff and students alike. The three elements of the Seasons Marketplace philosophy are service, freshness, and sustainability. Sustainability is clearly demonstrated; Seasons Marketplace is ISU’s first trayless dining hall. There is also a composting pulper, where compostable waste like food, napkins, and utensils are spun out and broken down to pulp and then sent to ISU’s compost facility. The product weighs about half as much as compost from the other dining facilities, which also saves the university money, as they are charged by the pound. Since it was the students who requested that the new dining center be trayless, 1 percent of the profits the university earns from each person’s meal plan will be given to student government to use as they decide. According to a press release, this could end up being upwards of $70,000. The latest project for ISU is the renovation of Oak-Elm, another dining center. By August 2010, all of ISU’s dining centers will have been built from the ground up or renovated within the past seven years. Iowa’s new dining facility boasts a charming atmosphere and a green touch with its composting pulper. TALKING STICK
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010

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Talking Stick - March/April 2010
Contents
Online Now
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business
Calendar
Buy All Means
Growing Season
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
Welcome
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Cover2
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 1
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 2
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Contents
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Online Now
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 5
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Vision
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 7
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Just In
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 9
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 10
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 11
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 12
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 18
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Business
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - 22
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Calendar
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Buy All Means
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Growing Season
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - First Takes
Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Reporting Out
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Welcome
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Talking Stick - March/April 2010 - Snapshot
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