How to Take Advantage of Knox’s AASHE Membership

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There are many benefits that go with being an active advocate for sustainability at Knox; help build a rain garden, work on the Knox Farm, find great swag at the Share Shop, partake in eco workshops all month long for Earth Month in April, attend the yearly Bioneers conference — the list goes on! Students, faculty, and staff are constantly coming up with ideas to expand our sustainability efforts on campus, ranging from MAD (Make a Difference) projects in the Intro to Environmental Studies class, research projects, club workshops, or individuals simply having big green goals they want to make into realities. As exciting as these projects are, getting them up and going is often a daunting endeavor. That’s where the benefits of Knox being a member of AASHE come in.

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Winterize Your Living Space

There are a lot of changes that go along with winter term; new classes, a change in schedule, and it gets darker earlier in the day.  With all these adjustments comes the biggest of all- a change in the weather! Staying warm at college can often be a challenge. Not being able to adjust the thermostat and enduring chilling drafts from windows makes living in the dorms pretty cool- and not in the good way. If you are living off campus you might be thinking of ways to stay sustainable and frugal and maybe have considered turning down the heat. Whether it’s staying warm in your dorm or in your off campus home, here are a few eco-friendly ways to winterize your living space while at Knox!

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Annual Campus Sustainability Report Released!

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The annual campus sustainability report for the 2015-2016 academic year is out!

The 2015-2016 academic year was one of milestones. Even with successful growth over the past few years in the major initiatives run through the Office of Sustainability, Knox continues to attain a number of firsts and records.  The annual report summarizes and highlights the successes achieved in sustainability during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The annual report can be found on Knox’s website:  Knox Campus Sustainability 2015-2016 Annual Report

5 Tips for Surviving Finals Sustainably

For many, surviving finals means locking oneself in the corner of a room lit by florescent bulbs, surrounded by cans of soda to stay awake, and sifting through page after page of study materials while trying not to drown in anxiety. With everything that is piled on your plate, sustainability is often the furthest thing from your mind; because of this, many habits during finals end up being unsustainable and some even result in more stress. Here are 5 eco-friendly tips to help keep you sane during Knox finals!

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Meatless Monday

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S4S members Gregg Miller and Luba Liubvina table for the first Meatless Monday event of the school year. (Image by Hannah McCullough)

One Monday each term the Knox cafeteria serves vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the students. While this meat-free trend does not extend to the Oak Room, Grab n’ Go, or the Gizmo, the name “Meatless Monday” is a well known phrase to the students on campus. Whether hearing this phrase is met with excitement or frustration, the students have recognized it as a fixed event once a term.

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Weigh the Waste Campaign

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A Knox student scrapes their plate with the help of  volunteer  Jason Connell.

The Knox Food Recovery Network (FRN) is one of the many sustainability oriented clubs on campus. Monday thru Friday FRN delivers food from the Knox cafeteria to those in need in the Galesburg community. The food ranges from pastas and vegetables to soups and casseroles, all of which are freshly prepared meals that simply never make it to the buffet line. This food would otherwise be composted or thrown away, instead it is able to feed hundreds each week. Since the club officially started last winter, FRN has recorded saving over 14,000 pounds of recovered food. Aside from just helping recover food on campus, the club also has goals to reduce food waste overall. One way the club has pursued this goal was through their “Weigh the Waste” campaign.

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Sustainable Halloween

Speaking of the Share Shop… with Halloween  just a few days away, the Share Shop is the perfect place to start your costume search.  Before you rush off to buy one from the store, with just a little creativity and a trip to the Share Shop you’ll have the perfect costume. Consider these creative up-cycled options as inspiration for having a more sustainable Halloween this year!

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Knox Share Shop News

Making your way to the Share Shop requires going down the stairs attached to Conger Neal and traversing a long, low lit hallway. This might be an apprehensive endeavor for those new to Knox, but once they arrive make it to the Share Shop, they won’t be disappointed. The space is filled with treasures of all sorts, ranging from clothes and shoes to coffee makers and textbooks. All of which are in great condition and had it not been for their reallocation, would have been tossed to the curb. With each move out at the end of the school year, many possessions are deemed unnecessary to return home with their owners. These lonely goods are then given a new home in the Share Shop!

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October: Recycling at Knox (part II)

It’s been a while since the Office of Sustainability published a newsletter – high time to resume the practice!

In February, we explored some of the challenges and opportunities associated with recycling programs here at Knox.  While most of us are familiar with standard commingled recycling (blue bins), many are unaware of the other types of recycling available on campus.  This month’s newsletter will discuss Recycling at Knox, part II.

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