Monthly Newsletter
October 2017
This Fall season marks an exciting transition for sustainability at Princeton. Beginning in October, the Office will lead monthly conversations with the campus community to develop key components of its next Sustainability Impact Plan, to be released in late 2018. This planning effort builds on extensive studies and the development of a bold sustainability framework established in the soon-to-be-revealed 2026 Campus Plan. The sustainability framework begins by defining our intended impacts, informed by local, regional, and global sustainability needs. Each impact area is then associated with defined performance targets and tracking metrics. This new impact-driven framework acknowledges the complex interactions among campus systems and requires greater levels of collaboration across departments to achieve our targets. Another exciting element of this planning process is a focus on using our campus as a living laboratory in service to broader societal needs, with an aspiration to catalyze collective impact across higher education and other sectors. As always, sustainability is a community endeavor, not achievable by an Office of Sustainability by itself. We rely on a distributed network of colleagues, leaders and experts, friends, students and ambassadors to work behind the scenes and in the open, all cultivating a strong ethos of sustainability at Princeton.

My thanks to you all,
Shana S. Weber, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Sustainability
Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month!

Campus Sustainability Month is a collaborative effort of student groups
to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide opportunities
to deepen campus engagement.
Everyone is welcome to attend the following events!


Climate Solutions Table
Monday, October 9 to Sunday October 15, 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Come visit the  Princeton Student Climate Initiative 's table on the 1st floor of Frist to learn about carbon fee and dividend and talk with us about climate change solutions. They'll also help you write and send letters to your representatives, and give away free Clif Bars!
Location: Frist Campus Center, 1st Floor

Princeton Citizen Scientists: Community Teach-Ins
Thursday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Princeton Public Library is partnering with the Princeton Citizen Scientists to host an evening of of teach-ins centered on topics in science and democracy. Teach-in topics will include: Healthcare Costs, New Jersey Energy- Efficiency Initiatives, National Climate Change Policy, Immigration and Social Justice, Education in Prisons, Cybersecurity and Nuclear Weapons. The rotating teach-in format stems from the Day of Action, an all-day gathering last March that featured 64 teach-ins widely attended by Princeton residents and students.
Location: Princeton Public Library's Community Room


Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A fun afternoon on Frist South Lawn where you can learn about environmental summer internships and trips from the  Princeton Conservation Society . Lawn games and Nina's waffles and ice cream will be provided!
Location:  Frist South Lawn

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join Gemma Ferrell from Gratitude Yoga for outdoor yoga on Frist South Lawn that will leave you feeling sustained physically and mentally!
Location:  Frist South Lawn

Apple Tasting!
Wednesday, October 18 , 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala, MacIntosh- do you know your apples? Join  Greening Dining  in celebrating Sustainability Month by trying different varieties of apples from Terhune Orchards! We'll be at one of the tables on the main floor of Frist giving out samples of all kinds of apples and taking votes on your favorite.
Location: Frist Campus Center

Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Pink House and the  Princeton Garden Project  will be screening the film "What the Health" in the Forbes Garden. Snacks will be available!
Location:  Forbes Garden

Enjoy and Cultivate Beauty on our Campus
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Take a walk around campus and cultivate its beauty by picking up litter. In this way, We students become mindful of our responsibility toward our community and decrease the load for the hard-working men and women of Facilities. No need to serve the whole time, but please commit for at least an hour. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
To sign up or inquire further, please email Ming Wilson '18 at mxw2@princeton.edu
Location:  Princeton University

Make sure to visit the Facebook event page which will continue
to be updated throughout the month.
Use #CampusSustainabilityMonth on social media
when attending these events!
News and Updates
EcoReps "Dorm Resale" a Success
The day before classes began, students bought used furniture, mirrors, bins, school supplies, and more at the inaugural EcoReps Greening Move-in Dorm Resale. The items were originally captured during Move Out last spring. The sale not only reduced waste, but saved students money on dorm furnishings.

Campus as Lab Fall Research on Display at the GreenSpace
The latest GreenSpace exhibit highlights ongoing  Campus as Lab  research projects conducted by students and faculty. The two projects featured are the  Princeton Vertical Farming Project  (PVFP) and the  School Bus Tiny House . The exhibit also includes information about the Fall 2017 student-initiated seminar proposed by Artemis Eyster '19: GEO ST03: Analyzing Ecological Integrity. The purpose of the course is to evaluate the ecological health of the undeveloped natural areas on campus and provide timely analyses to inform campus planning efforts.

Visit the GreenSpace in the Frist Campus Center, Level 100, to view the exhibit or explore more details on our website .
CA PEEC's Trash Art Competition Winner: Octopollution
As part of their Community Action (CA) experience at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) this past fall, students particpated in the second annual Trash Art competition. The winning sculpture, “Octopollution,” demonstrates the negative impact that plastic and other pollutants have on marine life, and is now on display at the GreenSpace.

In case you missed the story last month, you can read more about this year's CA PEEC Program.

Princeton Sustainability Leader Profile
Alumni Profile: Mike Henchen '06
Mike Henchen '06 is a Manager with the Rocky Mountain Institute's electricity practice. His work focuses on utility business models and innovation and he's interested in developing solutions for a clean energy future that benefit both customers and utilities and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Campus as Lab Corner
Campus as Lab Systems Guide

Need information for course projects or your independent work? Download our Campus as Lab Systems Guide !

Originally created by Campus as Lab Fellow, Christian Rivera '14, this manual contains information about seven campus systems at Princeton University. The systems outlined in the manual are Buildings, Energy, Food, Landscape, Transportation, Waste and Water.

Visit our website to learn more about how to conduct your own research using the campus as a living laboratory .