Living Green @ Wayne

• Sustainability is longevity of vital human ecological support systems • Detroit ranked 43rd out of the top 50 largest US cities for its capacity to achieve sustainability. • Wayne State University used the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society to create the Living Green Task Force.

Living Green @ Wayne
• The Task Force was comprised of faculty, students, and staff • They created a set of guidelines on five topics: Transportation, Recycling, Waste Stream Analysis and Mass Balance, Energy Conservation, and Environmental Sustainability.

Living Green @ Wayne
• Other Campus initiatives include: • College of Engineering offers Masters in Renewable Energy • Three courses are offered:
– IST 2310 Living in the Environment – CE 6150 Hydrologic Analysis and Design – CE 5150 Soils and Soil Pollution

Living Green: Campus Cleanup
• Ergonomically designed ashtrays outside campus buildings • Easy-to-use trash cans at parking structures • Signs to encourage pride and cleanup • Designated outdoor smoking areas with ashtrays to prevent cigarette butts.

Living Green: Transportation
• Reduce number of miles students, staff, and faculty drive by encouraging alternative means of transport • Improve awareness of campus transportation services • Public Safety: Use of hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles.

Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell car
WSU Police Officer next to the prototype for the Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Car.

Living Green: Recycling
• Create comprehensive plan for a recycling program on campus. • Identify existing programs • Identify infrastructure necessary to support campus wide recycling program • Identify and contractual possibilities with vendors • Educate campus about recycling programs

Living Green: Waste Stream & Mass Balance
• Minimize waste and chemical disposal costs • Reduce occupational risks, purchase of chemicals, mercury pollution, and use of toxic chemicals • Donate waste paint • Recycle solvents • Create environmental advisory board

Living Green: Energy Conservation
• Incorporate additional energy conservation measures into the planned design of new Engineering Development Center. • Develop energy-efficiency policies to guide all future construction • Design and implement the Wayne State Energy Reduction Program and Campuswide Lighting Initiative.

Living Green: Sustainability
• Establish an Academic Study Group to indentify research, scholarship, and instructional opportunities for industrial and urban sustainability • Steamline administrative processes and improve utilization of campus resources • Work with surrounding communities

Living Green: What Can Library Do?
• Put turn off light signs in all rooms that have own light switch • Recycle bound materials that are withdrawn from the collection • Recycle colored paper that is used for instruction and workshops • Turn off all computers at night