SLUG Biodiversity Index
Lawrence Senior Sarah Woody has been working the soils of SLUG since her first days on campus.This summer, as she planted and pruned, she found that she had many meaningful interactions with the wildlife she found in the garden and wondered, how do humans and wildlife interact in the garden ecosystem She wondered if there were ways that humans can live in harmony with wildlife in the garden. During the summer of 2018 Sarah blogged about her interactions with insects, mammals and birds. Check out Sarah's Blog!
Waste Audits, Contamination and Proper Recycling at Lawrence
When items that are supposed to be disposed of as trash end up in the recycling, or items that could be recycled end up in the trash, the result is waste contamination. Waste contamination is important because recycled items put in trash are not separated out and end up in a landfill. Trash that ends up in the recycling bin decreases the value of the stream and can prevent the entire bin from being recycled.
Travis Charlow ’18 conducted a waste audit during in fall of 2017 to assess Lawrence’s contamination rate. He found that in some cases the contamination rate was greater than 50%. Lawrence recognized the lack of consistency in the trash and recycling bins on campus, and the confusion that could cause for users. To assess the changes, Lawrence piloted clearly marked trash and recycling containers in one academic building (Youngchild Hall) and one residential building (Trever Hall). Travis conducted a second audit during winter term after the pilot bins were installed and found that by adding the clearly marked containers, the amount of trash in recycling and recyclables in trash decreased in both buildings yet remained largely unchanged in buildings where no changes were made.
Read Travis's full report here.