A number of nonacademic campus programs provide core support functions for sustainability, including the Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Action. The unifying goal for these programs is to introduce all campus community members to the principles of sustainability and opportunities for action and engagement.
Goals & Progress
- Goal: Promote sustainable practices among University community members through education and by example.
- One thousand Bisphenol A (BPA)-free and domestically produced water bottles were distributed to incoming freshmen in 2010, with a "Drink Local" logo and campus map printed on the bottle indicating locations of bottle filling stations.
- In residence halls, almost 60 existing fountains and common room sinks were retrofitted with water bottle filling spouts during the summer of 2010.
- Campus Green Tours were offered for the first time at Reunions 2010, led by Office of Sustainability staff and undergraduate students, with plans for expansion.
- Since 2008, the Princeton Sustainability Committee has coordinated the awarding of grants from the High Meadows Foundation for 38 research, education and civic engagement projects.
- The Office of Sustainability has partnered with other offices and groups to organize public events, such as the biennial Sustainability Open House planned for November 2010 for the campus and local community. Other meetings hosted include the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainabiilty (NJHEPS) meeting, the Ivy Plus Sustainability Committee meeting and the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium meeting, which in 2008 attracted 150 campus sustainability professionals.
- A pilot Sustainability Ambassador Program has been initiated by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Facilities Department to train staff members as advocates for sustainability in their home offices.
- Office of Sustainability staff members in partnership with the Princeton Sustainability Committee have developed a new process for making policy recommendations to the University administration.
- Sustainability staff members have worked to improve communication with the University community and the wider public (see Communication section).
- Outdoor Action, the largest outdoor orientation program in the United States, enrolled 796 freshmen (60 percent of the class of 2014) from 40 countries in the pre-orientation program in 2010, which helps build environmental consciousness; 229 student trip leaders were trained in sustainability awareness.
- Goal: Establish research apprenticeships and internships for students and postgraduates in the Office of Sustainability.
- The Office of Sustainability has had more than 40 undergraduate interns over the past three years involved in projects including: Garden Project event coordination and publicity; serving as liaisons for interest areas such as campus energy and CO2, dining, landscaping, purchasing, transportation, water, waste minimization and recycling; updating the website, YouTube and Facebook pages, and developing the Sustainability Report; working with the U-Bikes and the CycLab bicycle cooperative; participating in the Student Environmental Communication Network; and serving as one of the Campus Ecology Representatives (Eco-Reps) or as a Green Campus Tour guide.
- A new one-year full-time postgraduate fellowship funded by the High Meadows Foundation began in 2010 for a recent graduate interested in developing professional skills in the sustainability field prior to graduate school or other employment.
- Expand campus Green Tour options for visitors and the campus community.
- Expand the Sustainability Ambassador Program into a campuswide endeavor to identify, appoint and train campus community members as environmental advocates and sustainability leaders for their home administrative departments.
- Develop programs with the Office of Human Resources to begin to explore sustainability competencies as a component in performance evaluations and the learning and development curriculum.
- Investigate the feasibility of a centrally located dedicated space for sustainability information and activities on campus, including relocation of the Office of Sustainability.