A couple things to look out for…

Hi everyone,
I hope studying for finals is going well. I wanted to point out a few things for you to keep an eye on at PLU in the upcoming weeks. If you’re an off-campus student who is interested in starting a compost pile at your house, stop by the Sustainability Office in Facilities from 8am-5pm, M-F, to receive your free kit that includes chicken-wire to contain the pile and quality instructions in a PDF that are emailed to you. Also, pay attention to the screens on the library printer stations. In the near future, they will have instructions on how to conserve toner by printing in draft mode, as well as how to save paper by printing double-sided. If you’re not sure how to do these things yet, you’ll know very soon! That’s all for now. Good luck and happy holidays!


Nice Shout Out from UPS

PLU sets example with composting program
Highlights, News — By David Cohn on December 3, 2010 6:00 AM

As the end of the term draws ever closer and many of us start downing more coffee than usual, bellies still bloated from week-old turkey overload, the best way to burn any holiday flab might be to go on a scavenger hunt looking for a place to compost your Diversions Café coffee cup. Just don’t expect to find any compost bins around campus. Not our campus, that is. For now, your best bet will be to walk 8.3 miles to Pacific Lutheran University and drop your compostable cup in one of their dozens of pine-colored receptacles, which are peppered around the university everywhere from the dorms to the dining hall.

PLU began composting…..


unPLUg results are in!!!

And the winners are….

1st Place – Pflueger cut their power usage by 21.9% from the past three year’s average!
2nd Place – Foss by 15.1%
3rd Place – Harstad by 13.8%

All 3 winning halls had requested water bottle refill stations to help Take Back the Tap in their halls. The new stations provide cool water to easily take a bottle to go. Look for those being installed before the holidays!

All together, residents who unPLUgged saved 93712 kilowatt hours, enough to power 94 homes for a year! Not to mention the $7,124 that can now fund the new water filling stations.

The other halls’ savings were nothing to sneeze at either:
Stuen came in 4th place with 13.4%
Tinglestad – 12.6%
Ordal – 10.7%
Hinderlie – 9.0%
Hong – 11.0%
Kreidler – 10.78%
South – 3.28%