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In this issue:

  • Upcoming recycling education sessions
  • How to recycle Ricoh toner cartridges
  • Brandeis Sustainability Fund spring round announced
  • Renewable energy news
  • The footprint of our print(ing)
  • New student orientation gets greener
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The Changing Face of Global Recycling

While the global recycling market has been impacted by recent decisions in China, Brandeis has partnered with Republic Services to handle our waste. We will hold two education sessions to present new information and answer questions.

Come take a virtual tour of our recycling facility, learn what can and can't be recycled on campus and hear how the changes in the market will affect Brandeis in presentations by Mary Fischer with Gretchen Carey of Republic Services. Additional sessions will be scheduled based on demand.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 27 @ 10am 
Session 2: Thursday, March 8 @ 1pm 
Register for a session here
News & Updates
New process for recycling Ricoh toner

Please leave your used toner bottles in your mail collection area. Mailroom staff will collect them with interoffice mail and ship them to Ricoh to be recycled.

Desktop printer ink cartridges should be taken to the collection area in Gerstenzang, located in the entrance of Gerstenzang between Edison-Lecks and Abelson-Bass. CFL bulbs and batteries are also collected here.
Announcing the spring round of BSF funding

The Brandeis Sustainability Fund will hold a spring round of funding. Proposals are due March 19. See the BSF website for more information.

Are you faculty, staff, or a graduate student with an idea for a sustainability project on campus? Contact to learn how to collaborate with students on BSF projects.
Brandeis heats with waste vegetable oil

Right now, Brandeis is burning 2,000 gallons of renewable fuel every day in our central heating plant as part of a trial with Lifecycle Renewables. Learn more in the recent article 
14 ways Brandeis became more sustainable in 2017.
Campus solar just doubled

Read about our new solar panels in the Library's blog post: 
New Solar Panels on Library Double Solar Power Generated at Brandeis University. Check out the solar energy being produced in real time on Gosman and Goldfarb here.
Welcome Black Earth Compost

Brandeis now works with local green business Black Earth Compost, based in Gloucester, MA, to compost the 100+ tons of food waste that Usdan, Sherman, Kutz Bakery, Einstein's, Starbucks, and our other retail sites generate every year. Read more about what they compost and how they turn organic waste into a valuable soil nutrient.
How to get real-time access to your printing stats
Ricoh's Papercut provides real-time data on each user's printing activity and environmental impacts, such as the number of trees needed to make that amount of paper, and their printing-caused carbon footprint. It automatically compares yours to Brandeis' impact overall.

You can view your stats with Papercut using your Brandeis credentials. Select Summary > Environmental Dashboard.

Since August 1, over 160,000 sheets of paper have been saved from printing due to unreleased print jobs. That's the equivalent of saving 17 trees and 2 tonnes of CO2. 
Notes from the field
Sustainability Ambassadors join Midyear Orientation
by Sabrina Chow '21

In January, the Senate Sustainability Committee piloted a new Sustainability Ambassador Program for Midyear Orientation. Sporting bright green shirts and Sustainable Brandeis temporary tattoos, seven ambassadors helped with new student move-in and socialized with new students and their families. They spoke about their personal experiences with sustainability at Brandeis, handed out reusable utensil sets to help students avoid using disposable plastic ware on campus, and shared tips for how to live more sustainably on campus. 

The approach was successful. Ambassadors continued to see new students using their reusable utensils around campus; CAs from the Village reported more lights off in public areas like bathrooms than last semester; and new students appreciated the additional perspectives offered by the "people in the green shirts." We will be expanding the program for fall orientation!

Here are some top tips for living more sustainably on campus:
  • Make your own recycling bin for your room using an old cardboard box
  • On average, students waste 0.2 lbs of food per meal - over 200 lbs per year. When in the dining hall, only take what you want to eat, and try it first if you're not sure
  • Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot, and use a drying rack instead of the dryer
  • Turn off the lights whenever you can, even in empty classrooms 
Sustainability Ambassadors at Midyear Orientation (Sabrina Chow, Mary Fischer, Dylan Quinn, Andy Hoffman, Abby Smurzynski, Danielle Davidoff, Benedikt Reynolds, and Jeremy Goodsnyder).
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