University Waste Audit
Travis Charlow '18 received funding from the Student Sustainability fund to conduct waste audits which revealed that in some buildings Lawrence's waste/recycling contamination rate exceeded 50%. The Sustainability Steering Committee purchased new trash and recycling bins for all major campus buildings to help solve this problem, much thanks to Travis' research. Read Travis's full report here.
SLUG Biodiversity Index
Sarah Woody '19 received funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to explore the other living things in the SLUG Garden. She created a SLUG Biodiversity Index which ponders the question "how do humans and wildlife interact within the garden ecosystem?"
Water Bottle Fill Stations
Increasing access to the tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle is an important component of sustainability. In an effort to decrease usage of single use plastic water bottles and promote a healthy lifestyle which includes drinking plenty of water, Jason Lau '19 obtained funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to install two water bottle fill stations in the Buchanan Kiewitt Wellness Center.
Lawrence is certified as a BeeCampus USA and is working hard to make its grounds a safe place for pollinators.
Gillian Buckardt '22 applied for funding to install a demonstration beehive on the roof of the Warch Campus Center. The hive will be maintained by Professor Del Toro and his lab.
The hive can be viewed through a window on the fourth floor of the campus center.
Urban Garden Internship
Phoebe Eisenbeis '21 received funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to support her internship of managing an urban garden for a school district in Minneapolis.
The fruits (and vegetables!) of her labor rewarded her with the desire to organize volunteer opportunities for elementary aged children at Lawrence's campus garden, SLUG.
Tanner MacArthur '20 received funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to spend his summer working in "A Slugger's Paradise".
The Wild Things
Eight students from Greenfire, a student organization, attended The Wild Things Conference. This conference celebrates northeast Wisconsin's nature and how people enjoy and protect it.
The students documented their experience with a video .
The Lawrence University Environmental Organization is working hard to help students live more sustainably in the residence halls. The group applied for funding through the Student Sustainability Fund to purchase composting bins for the major residence halls. The group is responsible for emptying the bins at SLUG every week.
These Come From Trees
A little can go a long way! The Lawrence University Environmental Organization received funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to purchase stickers that read "These come from trees". The group put the stickers on all campus paper towel dispensers to remind us to be conscious of our resource use.
Nonprofit Organizations and the Environment Internship
Alyssa Ayen '19 recieved funding from the Student Sustainability Fund to support her internship and summer project titled "Building Connections: How nonprofit organizations influence the environment". Her project took her to the Urban Ecology Field Lab in Chicago where she participated and monitored prairie restoration projects and impact on pollinators.
Alyssa presented her research and findings to the Lawrence community. View Alyssa's research here.