Insights from SLUG

Inspiration, Tidbits, and General Operation of the Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens

Tanner MacAruthur '20 spent his summer working in "A Slugger's Paradise". Check out his blog by the same name to learn more about the general operation of Lawrence's sustainable university garden, SLUG!

Keep your garden safe from weeds

Have trouble distinguishing between your sprouts and pesky weeds? This SLUG Photo Weed Guide created by Erik Nordstrum '19 might help!

SLUG Biodiversity Index

SLUG, flyLawrSLUG, grasshopperence 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!

Wildlife of SLUG: How Can Biodiversity Improve the Garden's Health?

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.

Graph of Trash in Recycling, Graph of Recycling in Trash. The amount of Trash in Recycling in Youngchild hall decreased from 27% to 4%

Fill Clamshells, Not Landfills

In 2015 LUCC, the Student Welfare Committee, and Bon Appetit partnered to offer the reusable clamshell program.

Clamshells can be purcClamshellhased from the cashier in Andrew Commons, Kate’s Corner Store or Kaplan’s Grill to be filled with food to enjoy outside of the dining room. This reusable container can be exchanged for a clean one over and over again, and can be returned for a refund at the end of the year.

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