Session Descriptions

Chief Diversity Officers | Collaborative Leadership to Align Sustainability Programming with Diverse Communities
Join us to engage on fusing the concepts and practice of sustainability with equity, inclusion and justice within campus and institutional settings. While there are many parallels in the work of diversity and the work of sustainability, our communities have not frequently established relationships and collaborations to mutually support and learn from each other. Issues of race, class, gender and privilege, as well as many other identities, arise in our work in sustainability. It can sometimes go unnoticed if we are not very intentionally including it in our mission, vision, programming, and professional development. In this panel, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Officers will discuss opportunities to create sustainability initiatives that are relevant and engaging for diverse communities, and more aligned with programming focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. Our featured experts will discuss strategies and opportunities for greater collaboration, offer stories and experiences at their institutions, and identify key challenges and needs.

Identity as an Asset | First Generation, Low-Income, Disability and Intersecting Identities Beyond Institutional Comfort Zones (Workshop)
Diversity and equity are matters of identity which institutions of higher education continue to fall short of achieving. Many institutions have become relatively comfortable addressing certain aspects of equity such as first generation, low-income, or disability status in regards to admittance, enrollment, and attendance. Equity regarding racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities has not been equally embraced. This workshop will focus on engaging and supporting first generation, low income, and students with disabilities within sustainability efforts in addition to identity more broadly. We will discuss intersectionality and how we all have a responsibility to continue our individual education in order to achieve equitable outcomes in sustainability at our institutions of higher education.

Zero Waste Workshop: Leading by Example
Gwen Larned, a 21-year-old student and Zero Waste Coordinator at Western Washington University studying Business and Sustainability and Entrepreneurship, has been living zero waste for more than a year and now using a 12-ounce jar to store all of her landfill waste each month. Gwen is the author of the blog Trashy Radical and just started her own business, Zero Waste Northwest Consulting. In the most wasteful decade yet, it is imperative that we find ways to radically change our habits. Learn about Gwen's 5-stop process and help others realize how easy it can be to live zero waste values every day.

Building Faculty Learning Communities for Sustainability Across the Curriculum
A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of faculty members who explore a topic of mutual interest, and share ideas and resources. A highly supportive and effective grassroots strategy, the FLC collaborates on writing new curriculum and producing products such as websites, presentations or publications. For the past several years, colleges and universities in Washington State have created FLCs on campus to introduce and strengthen sustainability across the curriculum. In this workshop, three "sustainability across the curriculum"leaders will involve participants in critical planning and decision-making steps needed to create a successful FLC program. The goal is to provide participants with actionable tools, confidence, and inspiration to form a FLC and "sustainability across the curriculum" on their own campuses.

Low-Carbon Space Heating: Charting the Transition from Natural Gas
How do you heat your campus? Natural gas (a fossil fuel) is the most common heat source in the northwest as it is cheap, readily available, and burns cleanly. Many are asking how we can make a full transition to low-carbon space heating. What solutions are available? The transition is a multi-variant challenge with no perfect solutions, but there are strategic pathways in development. Learn about University of Oregon's ongoing Feasibility Study on utilizing the backbone of currently invested infrastructure using large industrial electric boilers instead of natural gas boilers to dramatically reduce GHG's attributed to heating campus buildings. The Evergreen State College's Office of Sustainability and Center for Sustainable Infrastructure have been convening regional collaborations to identify pathways as well. This panel will provide a basis for evaluations of low-carbon space heating technologies, and discuss collaborative opportunities within the region that can help to facilitate our transition away from natural gas on college campuses.

Sustainability at the Core, Equity at the Center: New Lessons from Community Engagement
This interactive workshop will share findings from three comparative case studies that intentionally used multi-term, multi-faculty, and multi-partner CBL collaboration targeted in a specific neighborhood. Each of the three separate CBL projects focused on one aspect of building a more livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhood. Collectively, these projects targeted a long-term approach that resulted in strengthened community capacity and resilience around issues of the environment, economy, and social equity. Now in year four, we continue to discover new insights that help us develop an alternative to a typical "one and done"approach to service learning and community engagement (SLCE) project implementation strategy. We will discuss the research findings on student, community partner, faculty and institutional outcomes. Workshop participants will consider how to adopt these principles and strategies into their own practice, research, or project/partnership design.

PSU Eats Sustainable Food Practices Showcase: How to Eat Seasonally and Locally
Executive Chef Matt Steel from PSU Eats will share the strong benefits of food when it is in season, how you can menu seasonally and the health benefits of a local, seasonal menu. Farm owner and PSU Eats partner Jesse Nichols from Stoneboat Farms will share insights on local farm production and growing in Oregon year round.

Forging a New Normal: Paths to Youth Leadership in Equity and Sustainability
The saying goes that young people are the leaders of the future. Why wait until the future? Innovators are tearing down the walls that have historically excluded young people's perspectives from critical discussions on equity and sustainability. This session reveals practical methods and powerful outcomes when creative young people have paths to address seemingly intractable social and environmental issues. Learn how organizations across sectors can benefit from the insights of young innovators, and support emerging leaders in equity and sustainability. WOHESC attendees can learn to equip a new generation for civic engagement, and ongoing leadership toward cohesively addressing the problems that we all face, together.

Networking Sustainability, Multiplying Student Power (Workshop)
Join this interactive workshop aimed at developing a model for creating sustainability networks within schools and other organizations. The UW Sustainability Action Network (UW-SAN) envisions human prosperity and holistic sustainability - sustainability beyond just typical environmental stewardship. Our mission is to advance collaboration among University of Washington groups working at the intersection of economy, democracy, and environment. This community centered education will empower the student body with knowledge, and catalyze their exploration in the intersectional sustainability movement, helping them discover where their passions lie.

Navigating Environmental Grief: Resilience and Hope in an Age of Climate Consequences
Among many environmentalists, gloom is building. Buzzwords like "eco-grief," "climate trauma" and "pre-traumatic stress" - the anger or panic that results when your daily work is to project an increasingly apocalyptic future - are becoming common in climate science circles. These difficult emotions highlight a commonly overlooked aspect of sustainability and environmental justice efforts: how do we ensure that the work of promoting sustainability is itself sustainable? This session explores a new pilot course at the University of Washington Bothell that helps students, faculty, and staff directly address their anxiety and grief, and build the necessary resilience to navigate climate issues without becoming overwhelmed. The seminar draws on the humanities, environmental philosophy, contemplative practice and creative writing as participants develop capacities to stay engaged in this difficult work over the long term. Our session will suggest potential models and resources that can be adopted at other institutions on multiple scales.

The Business Case | Campus Sustainability as Key Component of Institutional Strategic Planning
With many internal and external pressures impacting the higher education community, campus sustainability offices are often in the "hot seat" of funding review. The degree to which resources are allocated to higher education sustainability initiatives depends in large measure on how sustainability is understood within the framework of the institutional mission, vision, goals, and strategic direction. Join us and learn the mechanics of strategic planning with a specific emphasis on ways to integrate sustainability into the mission, vision, goals, and master plan of your institution. Leave armed with tools and language required to effectively use institutional strategic planning as a way to prioritize sustainability. Gain the skills and language needed to navigate the difference between strategic institutional goals and measurable outcomes necessary for sustainability reporting. Find out how to make campus sustainability programs a mainstay of the university structure while becoming resilient to the institution's political and economic swings. Deliver a value-add to your university in both in quantifiable measures and real dollars.

Collaborative Social Justice Service-Learning: Transitioning to Inclusive Sustainability in an Insecure and Divided World
In today's college environment, students are hungry for change and transformation when it comes to sustainability. The baseline barriers students face just to stay nourished and have adequate living conditions present a huge challenge to stay academically successful while finding the time and energy to champion sustainability. By asking strategic questions and looking at the systems that are at the root of these issues, we are provided with great opportunities as student leaders. Sustainability work is deeply intertwined with equity, diversity, inclusion, and making sure our basic needs are met. In this session, participants will learn about several case studies on food insecurity at Portland Community College and the University of Oregon. We will look at potential solutions to these issues at a student leadership level that involve collaboration between the community, clubs and organizations on campus, student resource centers, social justice service learning, and using a true model of diversity and inclusion to explore ways to improve support for food and housing insecurity. This session will highlight work done both through Student Services and service learning projects embedded in credit classes.

Intersectional Environmental Justice Education and Programming: Listen, Organize, Act
Environmental action on campus needs to look through a lens that acknowledges the interconnected nature of social identities and systems of oppression to more effectively address the integral role that social justice plays in providing a sustainable future. This session will discuss the importance of providing opportunities for the campus and local community to gain awareness about intersectional environmental issues through two case studies. Pacific Lutheran University is intentionally implementing programming, student training and campus events to reflect their values as Diversity, Justice and Sustainability. The student-led Intersectionality Coalition at Gonzaga University was built upon the three steps of listening, organizing, and acting. Collaboration between different multi-cultural, political, and social justice-oriented clubs and provides the platform for unifies student activism, reaches out to broader community organizations, and connects them to students and clubs with common goals to increase the collective force behind a cause. This session will provide students with the steps necessary for creating a useful resource for students wishing to broaden the perspectives and increase the mobilization of their student body.

The Sweet Spot: Where Campus-Wide Partnerships Converge to Implement Institutional Changes
Multi-program collaboration throughout campus can increase sustainability efforts. Working with other organizations on campus can be challenging at times, especially when the goals of the partner group differ from your own. There is a collaborative sweet spot where academics and educational opportunities related to sustainability forge partnerships that result in mutually-beneficial projects to green operations, curriculum and student leadership. These partnerships must be developed over the the course of many years, and through trials and persistence to reach the college sustainability sweet spot. In this engaging discussion, attendees will hear from different perspectives including facilities, faculty and student engagement to understand how you can integrate operations, academics and student life to the benefit of overall institutional sustainability.

Whales, Silence, and Community Resilience: The Role of Contemplative Practice in Engaging Complex Sustainability and Justice Challenges
This interactive workshop will introduce both the value of and approaches to, reflective and contemplative pedagogies-periods of focused classroom silence and reflection-for deepening students' discernment and learning, especially when they are confronted with issues that challenge our assumptions and raise questions about power and privilege. We will build the workshop-activity around "It's in Our Treaty: The Right to Whale", a teaching case in the Enduring Legacies Native Cases Collection that explores the Makah Nation's efforts to sustain its treaty-protected right to harvest whales in the face of legal and political obstacles. We will involve participants in a carefully sequenced set of reflective and contemplative practices and small-group dialogues that will demonstrate how these practices can help students prepare for, engage with, and learn from issues that raise both sustainability and justice issues and have no easy answers. We will share extensive resources on contemplative practice and sustainability education.

Transformative Energy Leadership
Learn about three case studies that explore strategic energy plans and energy leadership to improve resource productivity and reduce carbon footprint in this engaging session. Western Washington University (WWU) has entered into a 30-year contract with Puget Sound Energy to put new wind resources on the grid that will eliminate carbon emissions from electrical consumption. Learn about the on-campus process and how you may adapt the process to your own campus. Discover more about the role of the Chief Utility Officer; leveraging critical energy resources to drive productivity and the partnership between Energy Trust of Oregon and Clatsop Community College in the path to Net Zero at Patriot Hall.

Hands on Learning in the Metro Region: Portland State University's Community Environmental Services
For 25 years, Community Environmental Services (CES), a research and service program of Portland State University (PSU), has employed students on waste reduction and materials recovery with municipalities, businesses and other partners. Student staff work on a variety of projects that further their academic interests and build their resumes, providing a robust experience in solid waste, materials management and sustainability. The transferable skills that students gain while working with CES - outreach, technical report writing, data analysis, and collaborating in a team setting - make students well equipped to enter the workforce post-graduation, in a variety of fields. Partners benefit from years of expertise passed along from student to student, as well as cultivating a future workforce of sustainability professionals with hands on experience. This unique PSU program is a model for other higher education institutions looking to build student skills in the field and serve the local community.

Advancing Your Career in Sustainability: Where to Start, Who to Know and How to Get There
The field of sustainability is rapidly developing and spans across all sectors and job titles, which makes breaking into this field seemingly difficult. As a new field, mentors and career specialists oftentimes have a hard time helping students on the path to the job of their dreams. The reality is that there are tools and tactics that will help you get there. This workshop will share practices from where to begin your search to how to network in the field. Whether you are looking for your first job in sustainability or seeking to advance your career, there are several ways to make yourself rise to the top of the resume pile. In this workshop, you will learn some of the best practices for professionals looking to begin or advance their career in the field of sustainability.

Preparing the Global Workforce for a Sustainable World
Education is a major force driving market transformation. How will educators equip and empower students and employers to meet the sustainability demands of the growing global economy? The three presenters, all experts in the field of sustainability education and curriculum development for both students and green building industry professionals, will conduct a candid conversation among themselves and the audience in an intimate setting. The conversation will capture information for discussion regarding how participants engage in education within their own workforce and what they have found are the most effective teaching methods for learning, and examining what does and does not work.

The Big Picture: Campus Sustainability Through the Lens of Executive Leadership
Please join us for a high level dialogue on the leading role of sustainability in the future of higher education. Five of Washington and Oregon's esteemed college and university executives will share unique perspectives on integrating sustainable systems across an academic system, building a thriving campus environment around sustainability efforts, and real world benefits for those institutions investing in the triple bottom line via research, development, operations, student life and curriculum.

Examining Privilege in Sustainability: The Importance of Self Reflection For Transformational Leadership and Facilitation (Workshop)
The work of sustainability is transformative for individuals as well as society, but is often not seen as political. Oppressive structures will continue to cause un-sustainability unless dismantled through critique and change to personal and collective behaviors. We understand that sustainability can be achieved only when there is full and equitable participation in this work from members of all social identity groups. There is a great need for sustainability in higher education to authentically embody a critical lens in the processes through which we do our work. Educators and facilitators of sustainability courses must gain an awareness of the positions of privilege they hold in order to understand how they can create equitable participation and long-term change. This interactive workshop will employ critical and transformative sustainability pedagogy as we examine our various privileges in higher education settings. The speakers will also employ a transparent facilitation approach so that participants will see firsthand the pedagogies that are being used. Participants will come away with facilitation tools and examples of interactive activities that can be used to examine privilege.

Strategies for Inclusive and Entertaining Engagement (Workshop)
Attendees will participate in a series of three engagement activities designed to move groups succinctly and successfully toward consensus and/or problem-solving goals. The activities are structured to function across disciplines and backgrounds through an inclusive and transparent process that promotes creativity, builds trust, and increases buy-in. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, engage with each other, and consider how these tools may be used on their campuses or in their organizations. This is an introductory session, so those with experience in this area may be familiar with the tools presented.

Pollinator Gardens and Hives | Beekeeping as a Teaching Tool on College Campuses
A sizable proportion of Northwest universities, colleges, and other institutions with a physical "campus" structure are currently attempting to include beehives and beekeeping as part of their overall sustainability offerings. This is often done in conjunction with student farms. Despite the strong demand of students for academic and working knowledge of bees and beekeeping, the bureaucratic and practical barriers to this are considerable. This session will provide successful strategies for getting pollinator gardens and hives on your campus, building support across all disciplines, establishing revenue streams to keep it supported, and integrating into curricula.

Food Waste Prevention Programs on Campus
Learn about how colleges and universities are working to protect our environment by donating surplus food, preventing wasted food, ingredient revolution, and composting. Learn how the U.S. EPA is supporting and recognizing schools across the nation through its Food Recovery Challenge. Learn about the campus-wide approach to transforming the food experience at Microsoft, centering on an increased level of consciousness about what's being served - the ingredients, how it's prepared, where it comes from, how it's grown, the carbon footprint and what happens to waste.

Native Habitat Restoration and Campus Sustainability
Learn about what Washington and Oregon campuses are doing to restore native habitat with the goal to preserve natural landscapes, sequester carbon, promote sustainable practices, and engage both the campus and communities. These projects are being used to network across the curriculum and to collaborate on how to use these spaces as living laboratories to develop research projects and hands on learning experiences for students. Join us to find what Eastern Washington University and Oregon State University are implementing on these projects and share experiences proposing, designing, and managing a large landscape that seeks to promote sustainability. These projects serve as regional examples on how to promote science, sustainability, outdoor recreation, exploration, and community engagement while restoring landscapes to their native state.

Green Fund Programs | Incorporating Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
This panel will include representatives of student-led "green" grant programs at universities and colleges in Washington and Oregon discussing how their programs are supporting and intentionally advancing more than "green" projects and programs, and specifically those focused on social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. While there are over 100 similar programs in the U.S., most are fewer than ten years old, and with many programs led by students and funded by fees, the focus of these programs can be expected to reflect changes in campus culture. In addition to citing recent and ongoing projects funded by their programs, panelists will discuss how their programs have and may continue to adjust to address a more holistic framing of sustainability not limited to "green" projects and programs.

Hosting a Campus Climate Dialogue and Connecting Your Campus to Sustainability Through Events
Successful and impactful dialogues and events can engage the campus community in local, regional and global sustainability action. Hear stories from Cascadia College and University of Washington about their two projects on campus showcasing sustainability efforts and driving meaningful discussion on climate change, climate action, food justice and more. Learn about the history and background of these events and how they work to include campus partners for the most meaningful and impactful outcomes.

Tapping into Student Talent to Build Bridges and Scale Implementation
By harnessing student talent from sustainability curriculum and programs, universities build valuable bridges between campus units and attract industry partners to the university through innovation and a uniquely trained implementation workforce. Case studies and best practices for building and managing programming and platforms to amplify what academic programs have in spades and sustainability departments (on and off campuses) desperately need: skilled bandwidth.

Scalable and Adaptable Tools for Climate Action Planning: Creating Resiliency in an Era of Climate Change
This session will combine three presentations providing tools you can take and use on your own campus in climate action and resiliency planning. Hear about Second Nature's pilot of the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) planning framework, The Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning, and a climate resilience assessment tool for identifying areas of vulnerability to changing climate conditions. We will review project success and struggles and provide participants with scalable tools for developing holistic yet implementable climate resilience and action plans, adaptable workshops for campus and community engagement, and methods for identifying, engaging, and addressing the needs of climate-vulnerable communities through intra-city, multi-level partnerships. Learn about the framework that universities and others can use together with more detailed "how-to" manuals to more effectively play their role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.

Eco-Reps And Clean Energy Ambassadors: Driving Outreach and Encouraging a Culture of Sustainability
The University of Washington Clean Energy Institute has a mission is to accelerate the adoption of a scalable clean energy future that will improve the health and economy of our state, nation, and world. Graduate student Clean Energy Fellows are engaged in research on new solar materials, batteries and smart grid technology, along with K-12 outreach. The Eco-Representative program began at Oregon State University in fall 2012, helping move the OSU campus and student experience forward with sustainability content and programming in residential buildings. Eco-Reps are responsible for encouraging a culture of sustainability in the residence halls in which they live. Over several weeks each spring, Eco-Reps run an energy challenge to instill energy reduction habits in live-on students through a combination of competitive incentives, trainings, and interactive dashboards that translate kilowatts used to CO2 equivalents. This session shares the details of establishing and administering an active outreach program, explains various elements of OSU's successful "Kilowatt Crackdown" student energy challenge, including tips on how to drive engagement before, during and after, and putting measures into place to maintain energy conservation successes to last for years to come.

Poster Sessions

Sustainability Mentorship Program; Supporting The Next generation of Sustainability Professionals
In spring of 2017, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions launched the Sustainability Mentorship Program offering Portland State University students an opportunity to connect with professionals in a variety of sustainability-related fields for one or more academic terms. With the support of a Sustainability Mentor, students had the opportunity to discuss their professional goals, gain clarity on their career interests, widen their perspectives on workplace dynamics, develop their networking skills, seek input on their resume and cover letter, and get tips on interviewing. Our experience has shown that it's also a mutually beneficial relationship. Sustainability Mentors have the opportunity to share their professional experiences with students, hone their leadership, guidance, and active listening skills, gain new perspectives from their mentee's interests and enthusiasm, learn about barriers facing entry-level professionals today, and support the up-and-coming wave of sustainability professionals.

Encouraging Business Sustainability Practices Through Green Leasing at Portland State University
Green leasing provides an opportunity for landlords and tenants to commit to achieving sustainability goals through implementation of sustainability-focused building design and use, occupant practices, and alignment with local and campus environmental and social sustainability policies. As a landlord, Portland State University (PSU) leases retail, food service, and office space to dozens of commercial tenants. PSU hopes to engage both future and current tenants in workplace sustainability practices through the implementation of green lease language in new contracts and through outreach to current tenants. Green leases can drive ongoing commitment to environmental and social sustainability through the entire landlord-tenant relationship, from lease negotiation, tenant improvement, and ongoing occupancy of university-owned commercial spaces. This presentation will cover PSU's progress in developing green leasing language templates and associated implementation plans, designed with the help of a graduate student intern. In addition to exploring effective language for conveying sustainability-related requirements and expectations, this project also explores how higher education institutions can leverage existing municipal and campus policies, regulations, and procedures to engage commercial tenants in long-term sustainability work.

Portland State University Off Site Renewable Energy Opportunity and Feasibility Study with Multi-Criteria Decision Considerations
As interest in offsite and large-scale renewable energy increases in the commercial and higher education sectors, it is important to develop renewable energy plans and projects that meet environmental, economic, social, and technical criteria, as agreed upon by a variety of stakeholders. To assist Portland State University's (PSU) renewable energy planning process, this project identified possible off site renewable energy project alternatives within the context of PSU's current electricity usage and procurement practices. These options were compared with onsite renewable energy and other clean electricity transactions. In addition, potential partnerships and funding mechanisms were reviewed. Campus stakeholders were interviewed throughout the project to identify and prioritize decision-making criteria to be used in future decisions regarding renewable energy development at PSU. This presentation covers the types of projects identified given PSU's urban campus and regional utility landscape, such as an ownership model, virtual and physical power purchase agreements, community solar, onsite solar, utility green power programs, and purchase of renewable energy credits. Outside of PSU, this project will provide a replicable process and set of research and decision-making steps that can be used by other higher education institutions in their renewable energy planning.

Food Equity and Service Learning, an Unintended Outcome of a Community Partnership
When Marion Polk Food Share first approached Chemeketa with the idea of locating their new youth farm program at the Chemeketa campus, administrators envisioned it as a positive opportunity for our agricultural students and saw it as part of a long-term vision of a planned agricultural complex. In the past three years, Sustainability and College Life have teamed up to create continuing engagement activities with this new laboratory. College Life has incorporated the food share farm and food equity into its leadership and mentoring programs, while sustainability provides ongoing support for service learning. These programs have provided new opportunities to talk about food equity and cultural identity. A combination of courses and service learning events provide a vehicle for learning about food equity. Chemeketa is not the only school to have a food pantry; however, a recent partnership with the Marion Polk Food Share youth farm opened our eyes to new opportunities to teach linkages between social and environmental sustainability.

Hoshin Kanri: Strategy Development - The Collective Thinking of All Employees at Regular Intervals Will Enhance Overall Sustainability Efforts
This presentation is concerned with sustainable strategy development by means of Hoshin Kanri, and is based on research and surveys conducted over the last 5 years. A case study of a mid-size organization will also be used to illustrate the Hoshin Kanri process. Current corporate strategic sustainable planning processes often focus on longer-term planning options without actively involving employees in developing strategies or also have 'local' sustainable efforts that are not impacted by larger efforts. These sustainable 'strategic plans' then are cascaded through middle management to the front-line through many layers of management. Hoshin Kanri, on the other hand, is a strategic planning and execution process using sustainable goals and targets, with means for achieving those goals that addresses business priorities on a recurring basis. Hoshin Kanri aligns an organization toward accomplishing a small number of sustainable goals within a strategic plan in a way that creates organizational flexibility to adapt to marketplace changes for long-term success. The discipline of Hoshin Kanri, practiced through continual review and revision, will be contrasted with traditional strategic planning and will be shown to help an organization create aligned vertical and horizontal sustainable approaches that involves all leaders in planning to achieve the goal(s) while creating on-the-job development and continuous improvement opportunities.

The UW All-STARS Framework for Reporting, Improving Performance, and Creating Synergies
The University of Washington created a framework for AASHE STARS reporting that also provided a unique opportunity to improve sustainability performance and create new synergies. The All-STARS group is made up of many and diverse campus reporting partners for each of the STARS credit areas. The All-STARS uses the Peer Alliance for Leadership in Sustainability (PALS) meeting format in which participants meet twice a year to share updates in their respective areas, have an opportunity to explore a particular subject matter in greater detail, and stay up to date on key reporting milestones and timeline.

Make an Positive Environmental Impact in Your Community, Take Recycling 101
R101 provides a robust introduction to solid waste reduction, materials management, sustainability, product life cycle analysis and ways that we can make changes in our daily lives that can protect the environment. R101 will provide users with the knowledge to be able to educate and influence others in their community as well. This unique, self-paced class has drawn participants of all ages from Oregon and around the world. You can find out more at:

Addressing the Issue of Food Loss and Waste at Gonzaga University's Main Dining Facility: A Holistic Systems-Based Approach
The issue of food loss and waste (FLW) at Gonzaga University is being addressed using a systems-based, holistic approach in keeping with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Hierarchy (FRH). The results from an on-campus food waste audit in November 2017 show that the University's main dining facility is generating 3,884 pounds of post-consumer waste, 3,309 pounds of surplus edible food, 2,385 pounds of pre-consumer prep waste, and 636 pounds of expired food a week. Using the FRH as a guiding framework, this project aims to reduce and divert FLW at the main dining facility by: (1) improving educational programming and coordinating with the University's food service provider to reduce post-consumer waste, surplus edible food, and unnecessary food preparation, (Source Reduction), (2) making improvements to the food donation program operated by Campus Kitchens (Feeding People), and (3) exploring strategies to divert food waste from landfills by designing, building, and testing a pilot-scale anaerobic digester and in-vessel composter (Industrial Uses and Composting). Additionally, the anaerobic digester and in-vessel composter are being designed as mobile units to be used for educational outreach at local schools and similar institutions in the area. This outreach program is designed to spread awareness about the local, national, and global issues of FLW.

Bringing Upcycling to your Campus
We will present the Looptworks story to help eliminate waste, sharing case histories from the airlines industry, sports franchises and more. The goal is also to educate universities and colleges on the challenges we face with pre-consumer and post-consumer waste.