With over 4.5 trillion of these littered each year, they can be found just about everywhere we look. What are they? Cigarette butts. When cigarette butts end up on our sidewalks and in our parks, waterways, oceans, and even landfills, they can cause serious damage to water and soil quality as well as wildlife. They leach …more about Cigarette Recycling at Bellevue College
May is National Bike Month! The best way to celebrate Bike Month is simply to get on a bike: ride to work, ride to the grocery store or just ride for the sheer joy of being outside soaking up the spring weather. Whether you’re a veteran cyclist, returning after a break from the bike or a …more about May is National Bike Month! Take the Challenge!
Two members of the Captains of Sustainability made more compost options available on campus this Winter. New compost bins can be found at the following locations…
How do I recycle batteries? How about mattresses or refrigerators? See how our Captains of Sustainability or King County can help you dispose of Hard-to-Recycle items better!
On September 10th, the Office of Sustainability visited Cascadia Community College’s Center for Global Learning and Arts. This building is a cutting-edge, LEED Platinum building, and it signals a high level of commitment to sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is awarded at four levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. BC’s Office of Sustainability …more about Community College Leadership – Building Green, Dreaming Big!
Facilities Operations is implementing standard recycle stations in groups, with signage and standard colors for trash, recycling, and compost (where applicable) in interior common areas. This builds on last year’s project implemented by Facilities Operations to standardize exterior waste bins and a student intern project from Winter 2013. Both were funded by the Student Environmental …more about Recycle Station Improvements
No more will you see students struggle to pull a paper towel from the dispensers in Student Union building restrooms. Recently installed Mitsubishi Hand Dryers are revolutionizing our hand drying experience here at Bellevue College. This project is the result of a student led initiative funded by the SESF (Student Environmental Sustainability Fund). This fund …more about Hand Dryers installed in C-Building
Bellevue College hosted a PSE vendor during Earth Week who sold Energy Savings Boxes. These boxes came in a $5 or $20 version. Both included numerous energy efficient light bulbs, such as CFLs and LEDs. Many people choose to go with the $20 box, which had an efficient showerhead and sink faucet attachment on top …more about BC Community Saves Thousands on Efficient Lighting Deals
Laurie Nord, an BC Information Technology student recently did an audit to figure out how many Bellevue College computers are EPEAT certified as a service learning project part of Gwyneth Jones’s Environmental Science course. There are many different sustainability certifications or ratings that products can earn nowadays. The leading certification for electronics is EPEAT, giving electronic …more about Student Finds Most BC Computers Green
At the end of Fall Quarter 2012 the Office of Sustainability hired three new interns to tackle of some of the issues facing sustainability on campus. The three internships include a Zero-Waste Intern, an Advocacy Intern, as well as a Sustainable Foods Intern. Here is a description of each internship and what it is they …more about Sustainability Intern Spotlight