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University of Pittsburgh

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  1. University of Pittsburgh

  2. My Freshman Year… • Disconnect between students and administration began to close • Established sustainability interns in dining and housing • Problem: needed to “institutionalize relationships,” keep channel of communication open

  3. Our Solution

  4. Why Establish a Green Fund • Lack of a consistent, centralized, and streamlined sustainability effort • To formalize collaboration between students and administration • Allow students to play an unprecedented role in the university

  5. How We Did It • Prove ourselves first with student money • After, administration often adopts projects • Start small • Work within circumstances and constraints

  6. How Administration Views Us • “seed fund” to test-drive new ideas • Researchers • Liaisons • Publicists

  7. Future Structure Housing • Projects in campus dorms • Projects with dining Facilities Management Student Life • Projects in campus buildings • Projects on campus grounds • Communication with student body • Projects involving the student body and education

  8. Located 45 Minutes East of Kansas City • Undergraduate pop. 9,500 students • Graduate pop. 2,200 students

  9. Sustainable Accomplishments • $36.2 million Energy Savings Contracting • Recognized by former U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton • Certification of 1st L.E.E.D. Certified Building • Projected to be Gold Level • Creation of Student-Run Office of Sustainability • Environmental Educational Programming • Campus-Wide Project Implementation • Sustainable Innovation • Community Partnerships

  10. Office of Sustainability-History • 2-Student Advocates-No Office-2009 • Create Recycling Program • 4 bins/Voluntary/Ad-Hoc • Recycling Office-Closet Office-2010 • Expand, Maintain, and Track Campus-Wide Program • 4,300/Centralized Collection • Office of Sustainability-Office in Admin.-2011

  11. Make It Happen…

  12. Make It Attainable • Guide Students Through Bureaucratic System • Don’t Let Them Fail, Empowerment • Be Personable • Pay STUDENTS!!

  13. Make It Identifiable

  14. Make it Sexy

  15. Make it Educational • Service Learning • Habit Changing Gifts • Mini-Grant System-Student Chosen • Failure Is Not An Option

  16. My Transformation • Political Science Student • Student Advocate • Trash Digger • Change Agent

  17. Take Home… • Listen To Otherwise Crazy ideas.. • 8-5 isn’t 5-8 • Equal Expectations • Embrace Teachable Moments • Titles Are FREE!! • Is This Your Work or Your Passion? • Acknowledge Success

  18. My Fears • Graduation in May • Sustainability of the Office