The technology and motivation behind WU’s new soda fountains

Dining Services’ summer installation of an RFID-based soda fountain system has caused quite a stir across campus recently. The system’s efficacy is currently being examined by dining services, amidst student questions about whether the system is truly beneficial for “sustainability,” as dining services posits, or whether it’s simply a cash grab based on assumptions about patron behavior.

Justin Ziegelmueller | Contributing Writer

WU aims to decrease recycling contamination, become waste-free

In the Office of Sustainability’s strategic plan, it aims to achieve a 55 percent waste diversion rate and reduce the amount of consumer-generated waste by 35 percent on the Danforth Campus by 2020.

Kathleen White | Staff Reporter

4 ways to be sustainable during reading week

Reading week may be stressful, but that’s no excuse for slacking on the good deeds. With these tips, you can make a tangible, positive impact on the world with minimal effort.

Hanusia Higgins | Staff Writer

Senate passes resolution, starts petition to call for solar panel bids

In an effort to convince the University to expand the use of solar panels on campus, Student Union Senate passed a resolution and created a petition to display additional support for the clean energy option.

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Food Week aims to make students mindful about food choices and resources

Washington University students are gearing up for national Food Day with a week of events sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Dining Services, the Burning Kumquat and Harvest Health.

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WU students campaign to raise awareness about climate change

Students from Washington University’s environmental and sustainability groups came together outside the Danforth University Center to educate their classmates about current environmental problems and opportunities facing their generation.

Rachel Katzin | Contributing Reporter

Give us better options, not sterner warnings

Washington University has long touted itself as a leader in energy conservation and sustainability. Many of its programs, however, focus on the negative aspects of an action, rather than the positive.

Brookings Residential College and Sigma Alpha Epsilon win Green Cup divisions

Brookings Residential College and Sigma Alpha Epsilon took home the wins in this year’s Green Cup, which saw nearly double the amount of energy reduction compared to last year’s event.

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Students of Fossil Free WashU aim for divestment with letter to chancellor

As part of Global Divestment Day, Fossil Free WashU sent a letter to Chancellor Mark Wrighton on Feb. 13 encouraging him to divest Washington University’s endowment from fossil fuel companies.

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New ‘Green Monday’ initiative aims at reducing carbon footprint

Green Monday, Washington University’s newest sustainability initiative, encourages students, faculty and community members to take a pledge to eat vegetarian on Mondays.

Deborah Spencer | Contributing Reporter