Encouraging the campus community to participate in events like e-waste drives and clean-ups are the best way to spread action and awareness about important topics of sustainability. Below are some examples of how FM involves students and staff in efforts that will support Western's future.
Every spring, Facilities Management provides trash pokers, gloves, and garbage bags for students and staff participating in community clean up inititives. Just 20 minutes of cleaning up, picking up, and sweeping up litter and debris can make a huge difference!Save the dates:
- Western's annual campus-wide clean up will be held on Thursday April 4th, 2013 - visit the Sustainability website for details
- The 18th Annual London Clean & Green 20 minute makeover will be held on Saturday April 20th, 2013
Rez Powers Down was developed to bring conservation awareness to students as they left campus and became renters, paying their own utility bills.Did you know:
- It is a student-run sustainability initiative that's been promoted over the past three years in Western residences
- This year’s campaign took a more active role on campus by challenging students in residence to out conserve each other.
- The winning residence is given 50% of the savings!
- Organizers used Facilities Management’s new real-time energy dashboard to monitor progress over the two week period.
- Western has joined the City of London and the world in celebrating World Earth Hour on the last Saturday of March every year from 8:30-9:30 PM
- During this hour, every person, business and city is encouraged to turn their lights out
- FM asked weekend caretaking staff to switch off all non-essential lighting as they performed their duties on campus
- Faculty, staff, and students were also encouraged to turn off lights and unplug electronics on Friday before they left campus for the weekend
The proper disposal of e-waste not only allows for the protection of humans and wildlife, but also allows for items to be broken down into base components and properly recycled or reused. By bringing your old electronics to Western’s e-waste drive you will be disposing of them in a safe, environmentally-friendly way.Quick tips:
- Electronic waste includes items like computers, printers, televisions, cameras, and cords that have reached the end of their life
- Items with chemical refrigerants like refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners require special handling and are not considered e-waste even though they are electronic
- You can visit www.recycleyourelectronics.ca to find a local e-waste depot or check Western's Sustainability site to learn about Western's next e-waste drive
FM and EnviroWestern have teamed up to provide "green tours" of Western's top performing buildings. Each guided walk-through focuses on green features implemented in these projects (i.e. water and energy efficiency measures, environmentally preferable building materials, etc.).More info:
- A maxiumum of 10 people in each tour group
- You'll see recently completed projects like McIntosh Gallery, Stevenson Hall, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillon, and the new Richard Ivey School of Business building
- Discussions and questions about sustainability are encouraged
- It's free! - Sign up now