These some of the projects GREAN accomplished before the blog was created.
-Smart Paper Campaign – In 2006, G.R.E.A.N. began the Smart Paper Campaign. After four years of hard work and dedication, G.R.E.A.N . successfully got PLU to mandate the use of 30% post consumer paper in all departments on campus. Research is currently being conducted to test if 50% post consumer recycled paper would be available for PLU to use in the future.
-Take Back the Tap – In 2007, as the first project using funds collected from student green fees, G.R.E.A.N. began Take Back the Tap as a project aimed at reducing PLU’s bottled water use by 50%. To encourage tap water consumption, Take Back the Tap included funding infrastructure changes to install water bottle refilling stations, purchasing Nalgene water bottles to sell to students, educating the PLU community on water usage, and, ultimately, banning the sale of single-use water bottles on campus entirely.
-Talloires Declaration – Pacific Lutheran University signed the Talloires Declaration in 2004 and was the first university in the Pacific Northwest to do so. The declaration was written in France in 1990 has has been signed by 300 colleges and universities, worldwide. As a university in the Northwest, and as signatories of the declaration, PLU is showing concern for the environmental degradation that Earth is currently experiencing.
-President’s Climate Commitment – President Anderson signed on as a founding member of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment to reduce PLU’s carbon emissions and to help fight global warming on a campus level. G.R.E.A.N. organized a petition thank you letter to let President Anderson know we appreciate his commitment.
-Bring Back the Bike – Bring Back the Bike, beginning in 2010, was another project funded through the Green Fund. This campaign included installing new bike racks in various locations on campus (including near the UC, Admin, library, Rieke, Morken, MBR, and near the residence halls) and various educational events to encourage students and faculty to ride their bikes instead of driving to and around campus.