Maybe. In any event, EcoAction, the student group dedicated to making campus more sustainable, has noticed that clubs funded by the Student Activities Commission waste a lot of stuff—especially food and the hundreds of flyers that paper Red Square on any given day of the week. Now, they’re about to start talks with administrators and, they hope, with SAC, to try to change that.
“The paper waste is pretty insane, so we’re looking to couple the over-flyering initiative with ways to green campus events in general,” Claire Austin (SFS ’12) of EcoAction wrote in an e-mail. She said that she is meeting with Director for Student Programs Erika Cohen-Derr and the new campus sustainability director, Audrey Stewart, next week.
Austin said EcoAction would also like to discuss a financial incentive for students to bring old flyers back to SAC for reuse. And she is writing a “greener events guide” for her meeting with Cohen-Derr that she hope SAC will include in its SAC Fair sign-up e-mail and SAC Treasurer training.
“In the short-medium term we’re looking to minimize waste (especially in flyering and food buying), get students to use the compostable utensils SAC provides, make portable recycling bins compulsory for all food events, and reduce bottled water use,” Austin wrote. “In the long term we’d like to see more sustainable event advertising in general.”