UW News

June 24, 2010

Two Housing & Food Services administrators presenting at ‘sustainability institute’ on campus

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) is holding its three-day Institute on Sustainability on campus just now, and two representatives of Housing & Food Services will give presentations on sustainability successes here at the UW.

Clive Pursehouse, an administrator with HFS’s Residential Services Administration, will speak on “Integrating Sustainability into the Core of Residence Education.” J.R. Fulton, HFS capital planning and sustainability manager, will address “Striving for a Zero Waste Living Environment.”

The Washington, D.C.-based association assists the student affairs profession and higher education by providing “outreach, advocacy, research and professional development to foster student learning,” according to its website. Its stated mission is to “foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.”

The website states that the annual institute “brings together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities nationwide who are committed to sustainability. Now, more than ever, it is essential to implement sustainable practices that save money and reduce a campus’ carbon footprint.”

The institute’s goal is to provide individuals and teams from the universities with knowledge about sustainability practices so they can enact them on their own campuses and teach others in their campus community.

Here is information from the abstracts for Fulton and Pursehouse’s presentations.

Striving for a Zero Waste Living Environment: “Does your existing front- of- the house food, beverage and disposables waste model continue to feed regional landfills? Hear what Food Services at the University of Washington did to go from being part of the problem to becoming a solution. … Presenters will explain how to move from the initial vision of zero waste to a composting model that can have regional repercussions.”

Integrating Sustainability into the Core of Residence Education: “Sustainability is central to the work of facilities and planning on a university campus, and Residential Life at the UW has worked to integrate sustainability into its programming for years. Residential Life and the Department of Housing & Food Services have been beneficiaries and partners of residential student activism around issues of environmentalism, fair trade and conservation. Departmental initiatives such as residential and dining compost programs, a leadership program and a burgeoning student development initiative, will be highlighted.”

To learn more about the American College Personnel Association’s Institute on Sustainability, visit online here.