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Campus and Community Involvement in Move-Out Programs
September 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
Classes end and our students vacate the rooms in their residence halls, cleaning up so that other students may become the new occupants. In the process, students discard lots of “stuff,” including books, papers, notebooks, clothing, food, futons, eating utensils, and, of course trash. This presentation tells stories of Move-Out from two very different institutions. Both seek to answer the same pair of questions: How can we help our students to reduce waste and responsibly “dispose” of their stuff?
Breana Nehls, Sustainability and Communication Coordinator, Division of University Housing, University of Wisconsin Madison
Breana Nehls is the Sustainability and Communication Coordinator for the Division of University Housing at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Breana works to streamline sustainable operations and programs across campus, playing an active role in providing students and staff tools and expertise to become sustainability leaders. As co-chair of the Housing Sustainability committee, she coordinates the Division’s sustainability efforts and directs the Sustainability Move Out program. The move out program focuses on donating and recycling student belongings in a large informal lab setting, giving the opportunity for over 150 participants to divert over 100,000 pounds of waste annually.
Tyler Plante, Coordinator: Outreach and Programs, Sustainability Office, Wilfrid Laurier University
Tyler Plante is the Coordinator of Outreach + Programs in Laurier’s Sustainability Office. He is responsible for strategic communications and the development of programs to create a culture of sustainability across campus. His work at Laurier focuses on engaging students and preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders in sustainability. He has been active in this role since 2014 and has over 9 years of experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the environmental and sustainability fields. Throughout his broad experience he has undertaken many varied sustainability initiatives, including leading a national Zero Landfill Initiative at Pepsico Foods Canada, to developing corporate sustainability strategies for provincial agencies, and managing Environmental Assessment compliance monitoring programs for regional transit developments. Mr. Plante was also the second accredited Sustainable Transportation Professional (STP) in Canada. Mr. Plante is also the Co-founder and Creative Director of Barn Door Creative, an independent film studio focused on promoting sustainability through video.