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Student environmental clubs and organizations are essential partners in the University's ongoing Sustainability Plan. Read more about the recent open house and report.


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Shana Weber:
I'm Shana Weber. I manage the Office of Sustainability here at Princeton University.

Shana Weber:
The mission of the office is to coordinate across campus with all different programs,

Shana Weber:
from folks who operate the University on a daily basis to academic programs

Shana Weber:
and student initiatives, and administrators.

Kristi Wiedemann:
Over the last several years at Princeton, there have been many new student groups

Kristi Wiedemann:
who have formed around sustainability initiatives, and one of the roles that the office plays is to

Kristi Wiedemann:
bring those students together, to create a common space so that the

Kristi Wiedemann:
students can actually work together to exchange ideas. So we meet every couple of weeks under the umbrella

Kristi Wiedemann:
of the Princeton Environmental Network, and right now we have over a dozen

Kristi Wiedemann:
student groups on campus who are active in the group.

Bing Chiu:
I'm with Princeton Ecology Representatives, and one of our projects will be

Bing Chiu:
the Residential Education Program where we reach out to freshmen and sort of induce a culture change

Bing Chiu:
that promotes sustainability from the very beginning.

Anna Zhao:
We're Greening Princeton.

Brooks Barron:
One of the most impactful projects that we've been involved with as a group is to help Dining Services

Brooks Barron:
with their initiative to remove trays from the dining halls, which has drastically reduced

Brooks Barron:
the amount of food waste produced by the dining halls.

Brooks Barron:
It's also saved money on water and energy costs.

Mars Jullian:
We're with U-Bikes. We're the two co-managers of the program.

Raphael Frankfurter:
Every year, Transportation and Parking Services picks up tons of bikes that have been abandoned on campus.

Raphael Frankfurter:
And we get them and we do our best and work with the Princeton Bike Co-op to refurbish as many

Raphael Frankfurter:
of these bikes as we can and put them in working order so that we can rent them out

Raphael Frankfurter:
on a semester basis to University community members, faculty, staff and students.

Malavika Balachandran:
I'm with the Farmers' Market and we are here to promote local sustainable food on the Princeton University campus.

Malavika Balachandran:
We're hoping to now work with the township market and sort of expand offerings to students

Malavika Balachandran:
to where there's a box share program where students can get regular groceries,

Malavika Balachandran:
as well as promote local organic food on campus throughout the year, not just during the market season.

Justine Hausheer:
My name is Justine Hausheer, and I am a sustainability fellow. I graduated in June 2010 and

Justine Hausheer:
I'll be working with the office for one year. I've been working on alumni outreach for the program.

Justine Hausheer:
We have a lot of great alumni who come through the student groups here, so I'm working on

Justine Hausheer:
building a database, surveying previous alums to keep track of all the great work

Justine Hausheer:
that they did for the office while they were here at Princeton.

Shana Weber:
Sustainability is a priority for the institution. It's built into our master plan.

Shana Weber:
We have a sustainability plan, which we are deep into implementing right now.

Shana Weber:
And what I see for the future is all of us gaining an understanding as a community

Shana Weber:
how we can incorporate sustainability into our daily lives, and incorporate those principles

Shana Weber:
into our daily decisions. So it's really a culture change effort across the institution.

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