Monthly Newsletter
March 2019
Welcome to Our New EcoReps!
The EcoReps support the mission of the Office of Sustainability by facilitating the integration of Princeton’s sustainability goals into life on campus, with a focus on residential life; athletics; Move Out/In; Reunions and other events.
Did You Know?
You can donate gently used clothing to the Trenton Rescue Mission in Parking Lot 20 and to HELPSY in 10 dorm laundry locations across campus.
The Princeton University Farmers'
Market is coming back! It will be open Wednesdays, April 10 - May 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outside Firestone Library/Chapel Plaza.
Tigers Recycle!
 Each month we bring you a simple recycling tip to help reduce contamination in the recycling bins on campus.

This month's tip: Plastic lids, straws, and utensils are NOT recyclable! Try to use reusable silverware when eating on campus to reduce waste.

Breaking News!
Princeton University’s Composting Project has a New Name!
S.C.R.A.P. LAB! 
The place for Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton
We recently learned that the term “biodigester” can refer to a variety of different technologies that decompose organic material. Renaming our composting system better reflects its process of converting food scraps into compost under aerobic (oxygen-rich) conditions.  

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Student News and Initiatives
Sustainability Wins Off the Court While Tigers Win on it
Article originally published on Campus Dining's website

On February 22, the Princeton’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Cornell in a thrilling double-header at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers triumphed in both games, with the women’s team extending their impressive win streak to four games and the men’s team securing an important Ivy League win.
The games also set the stage for the second annual Tiger Sustainability Night. The result of a partnership among Campus Dining, the Office of Sustainability, Athletics, and student EcoReps, Tiger Sustainability Night promotes sustainable practices by focusing on waste reduction initiatives at sporting events.

Reflecting on the Green Allies Conference
by Claire Wayner '22

Over intersession in February, I traveled to Gettsyburg College to attend an annual conference held by  GreenAllies , an organization dedicated to empowering and supporting students to innovate and lead environmental sustainability efforts. The conference brings together students from across the region together to meet and attend informational workshops designed to provide inspiration for on-campus projects.
Mend Apprentices in action at the Mend Monday pop-up during Jessica Zhou's senior thesis exhibition "Questionable Clothes"
Mend Mondays Return this Spring!
Is your favorite shirt full of holes? Did you lose a button on your favorite pair of jeans? Have a dress/skirt/pair of pants that needs hemming? Or have you just wanted to try your hand at some creative project that involves sewing machines? If so, come to one of the bi-weekly Mend Mondays on March 25, April 8, April 22 and May 6 from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. in front of the Frist Campus Center GreenSpace.

Mend's Mission is to encourage sustainable attitudes and reduce waste surrounding clothing and fashion through teaching Princeton University community members how to repair, reuse and upcycle clothing, and providing the materials to do so.
Apply for the Princeton Environmental Ideathon
Held from April 5 to April 7, the theme this year is the Green Metropolis. Participants will draft project proposals that have the potential to reduce carbon emission in selected cities. Participants will choose one city and work as a team to identify an environmental problem that is related to at least one of five categories: energy, transportation, water, waste, and food.
The objective of the PEID is to bring together a diverse collection of individuals passionate about solving environmental issues, and to provide them with the opportunity to debate, collaborate, and ideate solutions.
Job Opportunities
Apply Now for Summer Positions with the Office of Sustainability
This summer, the Office of Sustainability is hiring for several paid positions:

  • Two part-time summer Garden Project Assistants
  • Two part-time Move-In Resale Assistants
  • One Sustainability Assistant with flexible part-time hours
  • Campus SCRAP Lab Operational Assistants

Positions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due Monday, March 25.

Submit an Interest Form to Become an EcoReps General Member
Are you interested in working as an EcoReps General Member to help support sustainability initiatives on campus?
EcoReps General Members work at EcoReps events and support campus sustainability programs by performing tasks such as bin monitoring, waste audits, and move out sorting. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students!
If interested, submit an interest form by Sunday, March 24. 
Be Part of the Pace Center's CA Leadership Team

Deadline: March 25!

Strong student leadership is a core element of the Community Action (CA) program and is vital in helping our incoming students have a positive and meaningful service experience during their week. There are several ways to be a part of the CA Leadership Team (Leader or Support Team Member):

CA Leader
During the week of CA, the first-year students are guided and mentored by their CA Leaders, who are well-trained and very enthusiastic current students. CA Leaders have the opportunity to positively shape the experience of incoming first-year students by facilitating community building activities, serving as liaisons with community partners and projects, and carrying out the daily schedule in order to ensure the safety and security of all participants.

CA Support Team
A strong support system is needed to ensure that everything goes smoothly during CA. The CA Support Team is comprised of two subgroups: CA Regional Support and the CA Command Center.
Princeton Sustainability Leader Profile

Sasha Culley ‘21
Meet our new Student Sustainability Liasion, Sasha Culley '21 and learn about how she plans to use her role to foster the green community on campus and help link sustainability student groups and the Office of Sustainability.
Campus as Lab Corner
Minjie Chen Receives NSF Career Award

Article originally published on the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment's website

Minjie Chen , a ssistant professor of electrical engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on  granular power electronics at the grid edge .

Chen’s work focuses on the  design of emerging power electronics  that seek both higher performance and greater energy efficiency, while advancing towar d a more distributed model of energy production and storage. His approach, a systematic methodology for modular design that involves advanced magnetic arrangements, has received attention for its ability to be generalized in applications across many sectors, including renewable energy, information and communications technologies, and transportation.

The results of this project will be incorporated into the efforts that the Chen is currently leading as a part of the “Campus-as-a-Lab” program to create research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 14, 2019
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Hall Room 300

Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rider University Alumni Gymnasium

Monday, March 25, 2019
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: GreenSpace, Frist Campus Center (Level 100)
Social Media Spotlight
Next time you’re out for a walk around Carnegie Lake, keep an eye out for gnawed trees. Signs of beaver activity are easily observable on the lake directly behind the Lakeside Apartments. What are they up to? Probably not building a dam, as beavers living on lakes generally refrain from dam-building projects. A great place to start learning more is the noteworthy 2018 book, "Eager: The Surprising, Secrete Life of Beavers and Why They Matter," by environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb. Photo by Jared Flesher.