CWRU Sustainability

Most students are well aware of groups such as USG, UPB and all the Greek life shindigs, but we never hear news of a few other group that seem just as relevant and hip: the SCC, EAC and the “Adopt a Building” committee.

Not to be mistaken with SEC (Student Executive Council), SCC is the Student Sustainability Council. Members plan events, bring guest speakers to campus, learn about campus sustainability and network with sustainability professionals. Having this group available right on campus makes it easier to participate in green events and to learn about green lifestyle tips. Unfortunately, if you are like myself, you probably have never actually heard of this group. Simply searching the word, “sustainability” on the case.edu site will expose you to a variety of sustainability and energy groups. www.case.edu/news/sustain provides a description of these groups and applications to join them.

Another one of the groups listed on the site that I find fascinating is the Energy Advisory Committee (EAC), which consists of students, faculty and staff who review the campus’ use of energy, water and other resources. The group incorporates learning as well as research opportunities for students. Furthermore, the committee helps to shape the campus’ energy conservation and sustainability practices. EAC was founded in 2005, so that may explain it’s relatively low-profile status, but the group appears to be extremely relevant and imperative for the university to achieve lower energy costs.

Additionally, with some further investigation of the sustainability page, we are introduced to the “Adopt a Building” program. Here, members of the Case community interested in energy conservation and recycling come together to focus on conservation practices in our campus buildings. These members, also know as “Energy Ambassadors”, work with building occupants, managers and other staff and faculty members to promote energy conservation and recycling techniques. The “Adopt A Building” program aims to conserve energy and limit waste by focusing on individual buildings and identifying wasteful practices there.

Lastly, Case Recycles and the Sustainability Spotlight, also part of the Case sustainability site, expose students to the everyday programs already active on campus that promote recycling throughout buildings and to the environmentally-conscious dining services. All Case students are probably already aware of the blue recycling bins sprinkled all over campus, but the site provides us with knowledge of what actually happens to our recyclables during the recycling process and it pinpoints exactly where we can find the blue bins on campus.

Global Scorning usually focuses on environmental issues that affect us nationally and globally, but focusing on our own Case and Cleveland community is the first step towards making important changes for our environment. Small steps, such as bicycling instead of driving, and reducing as oppose to being more wasteful are lifestyle changes that will help reduce our environmental footprint at home and overall. Participating in the sustainability and energy conservation groups on campus will help to communicate ideas as well as bring our community closer together.

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