American University Sustainability

American University Sustainability American University is committed to acting on our values through social responsibility, service, and an active pursuit of sustainability.
Our work at the Office of Sustainability celebrates the abundance of nature by building a campus community of leaders who work to clean our air and water, cool our atmosphere, and produce fertile land and habitat. We invite you to explore our page to learn how you can get involved and join our journey to sustainability.
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Don’t forget! American University Athletics is hosting a Sustainability Awareness Basketball Game tomorrow night at 7 p....
02/11/2020

Don’t forget! American University Athletics is hosting a Sustainability Awareness Basketball Game tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena. All students can attend for free with an AU ID and will have the chance to win a new bike! See you there. 🏀🌱🚴🏼‍♂️

Tomorrow: Join us for dinner and good conversation about your favorite sustainability topics (trees! climate! environmen...
02/06/2020

Tomorrow: Join us for dinner and good conversation about your favorite sustainability topics (trees! climate! environmental justice! waste!). We're celebrating Tu B'shvat, the New Year of the Trees, with American University Hillel. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/37A8FAL

What does our tradition teach about the environment and sustainability? Join us tomorrow to find out at the Tu B'shvat Sustainability Seder with American University Sustainability - dinner included! 🌳🌿🌱🌵

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02/06/2020

American University Sustainability

This week's American University Community Relations newsletter is all about sustainability!🍴Sustainability, Zero Waste T...
02/04/2020

This week's American University Community Relations newsletter is all about sustainability!

🍴Sustainability, Zero Waste Teams Spearhead Single-Use Plastic Reduction Campaign
🏀Make AU Basketball a Part of Your February
🌱Neighborhood Volunteers Needed For Air Quality Study
🍎Spring Brings AU’s Farmers’ Market Back To Campus

Get the scoop: http://bit.ly/2RYimDZ

Join us to celebrate sustainability and cheer on the men's basketball team when they take on Loyola University on Februa...
01/30/2020

Join us to celebrate sustainability and cheer on the men's basketball team when they take on Loyola University on February 12th. All students will have a chance to win a BIKE and other earth-friendly prizes! 🌱🚴🏼‍♂️🏀

Students admitted for free with valid AU ID. Faculty, staff, fans: Use the code GREEN20 to receive $5 off when purchasing tickets online. Get your tickets here: http://aueagles.com/Tickets

01/29/2020
2020 Election Issues: Climate Change

School of International Service, AU professor Jordan Tama believes presidential candidates should be working to mobilize more support for climate action in the United States.

https://youtu.be/sIXw7N5iEK8

SIS professor Jordan Tama shares the issue that he believes presidential candidates should be discussing.

Opportunity for recent graduates! The RAY Conservation and Clean Energy Fellowships provide first-time career access opp...
01/22/2020
Program Overview | RAY Diversity Fellowship

Opportunity for recent graduates!

The RAY Conservation and Clean Energy Fellowships provide first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates who do not have previous professional experience or a graduate degree. Fellows are placed within conservation or clean energy Member Organizations for a two-year paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to launch their careers in #sustainability. #diversity #fellowship

https://rayfellowship.org/program-overview

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in environmentally-related sectors, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program supports two cohorts of Fellows per year: RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows. The RAY Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate....

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, learn about Dr. King's commitment to environmental justice and equity. #MLKDay P...
01/20/2020
4 ways Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left his mark on the environmental movement — Potomac Conservancy

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, learn about Dr. King's commitment to environmental justice and equity. #MLKDay Potomac Conservancy

http://bit.ly/2G7EAMP

While Dr. King is best known for his role in civil rights actions like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington, he also cared deeply about the environment and left his mark on the conservation movement. Find out why clean water matters to civil ...

We're excited to share our new and improved #Sustainability Story Map. Explore sustainable sites and projects at America...
01/16/2020
Sustainability Map of American University

We're excited to share our new and improved #Sustainability Story Map. Explore sustainable sites and projects at American University from the comfort of....well, anywhere! Check it out. 👇 #ASustainableU

https://arcg.is/0LfX18

Sketch to see how a new tour map would look like

There are only 100 days left until #EarthDay2020! We're hard at work planning Earth Month events to celebrate the 50th a...
01/13/2020

There are only 100 days left until #EarthDay2020! We're hard at work planning Earth Month events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, including an everyday biking workshop, climate justice panel, and more. Stay turned! 🌎

New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to involve grand gestures or huge changes. In 2020, we can all adopt small but meaning...
01/02/2020

New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to involve grand gestures or huge changes. In 2020, we can all adopt small but meaningful habits that have a positive impact on our planet. Need inspiration? This fall, over 250 students took sustainability pledges at our residence hall #TreatTrolley. See what actions they've committed to take! #HappyNewYear

At American University, we purchase international carbon offsets to mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions from study abr...
12/20/2019
International educators begin to confront the climate crisis

At American University, we purchase international carbon offsets to mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions from study abroad travel. These offsets reduce emissions through the use of efficient cookstoves in Kenya, where AU has a study abroad hub. Thanks to Inside Higher Ed for the opportunity to share our story.

AU Abroad - American University

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/12/19/international-educators-begin-confront-climate-crisis?utm_content=buffer49cf7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=IHEbuffer

A new network of international education professionals is trying to get the field to face the crisis of climate change -- and the carbon emissions generated by student air travel -- head-on.

Professor Malini Ranganathan with the School of International Service, AU recently published a report on D.C.'s resilien...
12/13/2019
SIS professor publishes report on D.C.’s fight for climate justice

Professor Malini Ranganathan with the School of International Service, AU recently published a report on D.C.'s resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Her research focused on the region's majority black, low-income neighborhoods through an antiracist, environmental justice lens.

According to Dr. Ranganathan, "...D.C. is a really good case to look at in terms of environment, equity and health. It’s critical for faculty to expose students to issues here in their own backyard.” #environmentaljustice #actonclimate

https://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2019/12/sis-professor-publishes-report-on-d-c-s-fight-for-climate-justice

Research in Ward 7 reveals low-income areas are more vulnerable to climate change

Climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe on taking action in the #climatecrisis: “One of the greatest impacts of us taking per...
12/09/2019
How Katharine Hayhoe Stays Hopeful as the Planet Warms

Climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe on taking action in the #climatecrisis: “One of the greatest impacts of us taking personal action...is that it gives us hope and it empowers us. It gives us something to talk about with others, and it encourages us to advocate for larger system-wide change.” #MondayMotivation

https://www.texasobserver.org/how-katharine-hayhoe-stays-hopeful-as-the-planet-warms/

The Texas Tech professor and lead author on the last three National Climate Assessments wants you to talk about how to live in a warming world.

Have you heard? We're currently in the process of rewriting American University's sustainability plan! We're seeking inp...
12/05/2019
American University's New Sustainability Plan: AU After Carbon Neutrality

Have you heard? We're currently in the process of rewriting American University's sustainability plan!

We're seeking input from AU students, staff, and faculty members about what topics, goals, or policies should be included in the new plan. Now that we've reached our goal of becoming a carbon neutral institution, what sustainability initiatives should American University tackle next?

Please use this form share your ideas with us, or send a message to [email protected].

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchA3oEL57LOv0czBhAjppRZbrlLkRuM0zXEh4QZIfROA5D3g/viewform

The Office of Sustainability at American University is currently in the process of rewriting the university's sustainability plan (the plan was last updated in 2014). We are seeking input from students, staff, and faculty members about what topics, goals, or policies should be included in the new pl...

Did you know? More than 40 percent of the plastics used today are single-use. 😧Plastics and microplastics are polluting ...
12/04/2019
Microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay

Did you know? More than 40 percent of the plastics used today are single-use. 😧

Plastics and microplastics are polluting our rivers and oceans, chemicals in these products are harming human health, and the production of plastic requires the burning of fossil fuels. 🙅‍♀️

Read about how American University faculty are engaged in researching the effects of plastic pollution in the Chesapeake Bay region. ⬇️

https://www.american.edu/cas/news/catalyst/microplastics-in-the-chesapeake-bay.cfm

More than 40 percent of the plastics used today are single-use. Large volumes end up as litter or in unintended places, such as our waterways

Last month, sustainability intern Emma attended a Fire Drill Friday rally at the Capitol to demand immediate, federal ac...
12/03/2019

Last month, sustainability intern Emma attended a Fire Drill Friday rally at the Capitol to demand immediate, federal action on climate change.

Want to make your voice heard? Join the D.C. climate strike this Friday, December 6. Rally begins at 11 a.m. in Franklin Square.

Learn more here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climatestrike

We reached our goal! Over 500 students, staff, and faculty took the pledge to use reusable utensils over single-use, pla...
11/25/2019

We reached our goal! Over 500 students, staff, and faculty took the pledge to use reusable utensils over single-use, plastic ones. (512 people took the pledge, to be exact!) Thanks to everyone who participated in our waste reduction campaign, and a huge thanks to American University Zero Waste for partnering with us. 💚
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Individual actions do make a difference in the fight to reduce plastic pollution on our planet. Every day, 100 million plastic utensils are used in the U.S. If everyone who signed our pledge used their new reusable utensils for one year, we could keep more than 57,000 out of our landfills. Let’s do it! 👏🏽 #ForkPlastic

This week is your LAST CHANCE to sign the pledge to use reusable utensils (and receive your own reusable set in return!)...
11/19/2019

This week is your LAST CHANCE to sign the pledge to use reusable utensils (and receive your own reusable set in return!). Join over 250 staff, faculty, and students who have made the commitment to ditch disposables.

We're in Anderson Hall today until 4:30 p.m. and you can find us in the Mary Graydon Center on Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don't miss out! #ForkPlastic #NoWasteNovember

Can using reusable utensils really help our planet's plastic crisis? You bet. Here's how: https://on.natgeo.com/35g67Gl

Thanks to everyone who celebrated America Recycles Day with our sustainability interns! ♻️ We were really impressed with...
11/15/2019

Thanks to everyone who celebrated America Recycles Day with our sustainability interns! ♻️ We were really impressed with your waste sorting skills and your ideas for what to include in AU’s new sustainability plan. 👍🏼
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Have ideas for what sustainability at AU should look like over the next few years? Submit your suggestions for new goals, programs, or policies to [email protected].

Today is America Recycles Day. Join us in MGC between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to flex your knowledge of waste sorting and ...
11/15/2019

Today is America Recycles Day. Join us in MGC between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to flex your knowledge of waste sorting and contribute ideas for AU’s new sustainability plan! ♻️

In 2017, the U.S. recycling rate was only 35.2%. We can definitely do better and reduce the amount of waste we produce in the process. Join us! Keep America Beautiful

We’re excited to support the first-annual Pride Night for American University Women’s Basktball. Join us for celebratory...
11/14/2019

We’re excited to support the first-annual Pride Night for American University Women’s Basktball. Join us for celebratory evening complete with a halftime drag show! We’re partnering with the American University Alumni Association to give away reusable tote bags and Pride buttons, so don’t miss out! 🌈♻️
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All students can attend for free with a valid AU ID. Faculty and staff can purchase $5 tickets with the code “AUPride19.” A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Capital Pride Legacy Fund. See you on Monday night!

We’re almost halfway through November, and almost 200 members of the American University community have taken the pledge...
11/12/2019

We’re almost halfway through November, and almost 200 members of the American University community have taken the pledge to use reusable utensils instead of disposable ones. Come see us in the SIS Atrium until noon TODAY to take the pledge and received your own reusable utensil set!
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Plastic waste is a huge problems for our environment, our oceans, and our communities. The Ocean Conservancy lists plastic cutlery as one of the most deadly items that threatens marine life. But even if plastic cutlery ends up in a landfill, instead of our environment, it can take centuries to break down. And landfills are often located near low-income communities, contributing to higher rates of adverse health effects, like respiratory illnesses. Plastic waste is a no-win for anyone. 🙅‍♀️ #ForkPlastic #NoWasteNovember American University Zero Waste

The Princeton Review has named American University on their annual Top 50 Green Colleges list (#11!). Rankings were base...
11/11/2019

The Princeton Review has named American University on their annual Top 50 Green Colleges list (#11!). Rankings were based on student surveys and data collected from nearly 700 institutions. ⭐️
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According to TPR’s 2019 “College Hopes and Worries” survey, 64% of teens and parents said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply or attend the school. At AU, we’re proud to demonstrate that commitment to sustainability.

See the full rankings here: http://bit.ly/2Kd7ihN

Congratulations to two Green Offices who recently “leveled-up” their certifications! American University School of Profe...
11/06/2019

Congratulations to two Green Offices who recently “leveled-up” their certifications! American University School of Professional & Extended Studies is our newest Gold-certified Green Office, and SOC’s Office of Graduate Academic Services is our newest Silver-certified Green Office! Thank you for your contributions to creating a culture of sustainability at American University. 🏅
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Are you a staff or faculty member? Visit us during tomorrow’s Benefits Fair between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Mary Graydon Center to learn how your office can go green, too! #AsustainableU

American University is proud to be one of the many cities, states, businesses, colleges and universities, and communitie...
11/05/2019

American University is proud to be one of the many cities, states, businesses, colleges and universities, and communities of faith that have said #WeAreStillIn. As the U.S. takes steps to leave the Paris Agreement, we are continuing our commitments and we remain #CarbonNeutralAU. #ActOnClimate

https://www.wearestillin.com

This month, we're challenging the American University community to reduce waste on campus. Join your fellow students, fa...
11/04/2019
Sustainability News: #ForkPlastic, Reduce Your Waste!

This month, we're challenging the American University community to reduce waste on campus. Join your fellow students, faculty, and staff members in pledging to use reusable utensils instead of plastic ones.

Over 100 million plastic utensils are used in the United States every day and the vast majority end up in landfills or our environment. Let's ditch disposable and reverse this trend!

Take the pledge at an upcoming event on campus and you'll receive your own reusable utensil set. (They're made with wheat grass - how cool is that?!)

See where we'll be tabling on campus with American University Zero Waste: http://bit.ly/2Cc7MjV

#AsustainableU #ForkPlastic

December Graduates: Visit us during today’s graduation fair between 1 - 4 p.m.! Take the Green Grad Pledge and receive a...
10/31/2019

December Graduates: Visit us during today’s graduation fair between 1 - 4 p.m.! Take the Green Grad Pledge and receive a green ribbon to wear at commencement. Every job can be a green job and everyone can make a positive difference in their future workplaces. Pledge to take social and environmental factors into account when you leave @americanuniversity. @ Mary Graydon Center

That’s a wrap! Thanks for having us, AASHE. We’re excited to bring back new energy and ideas to the American University ...
10/30/2019

That’s a wrap! Thanks for having us, AASHE. We’re excited to bring back new energy and ideas to the American University community around sustainability education, engagement, waste reduction, diversity, equity, inclusion, and how we can all #ActonClimate.

10/24/2019
Can you imagine a day without water?

As part of this week's The Value of Water campaign, we asked American University students if they could imagine a day without water. Can you guess what they said? #ValueWater #WaterMatters #AsustainableU

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While many student groups formulate thoughtfully developed ideas for public and community service, few actually have the funds to put them into action. The Eagle Endowment addresses this challenge and empowers AU students by providing annual grants of $100 - $1,000 and a year of mentorship to students and groups that propose such initiatives. Proud recipient of the 2017 "Top College Philanthropic Organization in the USA", our goal is to extend your passion beyond the classroom in a thoughtful way that helps the DMV community and advances your skills. If you want to get involved and don't know how to start, email us!
Hey AU friends - Come trade your gently-used clothing, shoes, and accessories at a Summer Swap Shop on Friday, August 9 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Wunder Garten (1101 First St NE). An afternoon of drinks, food trucks, and live music! Bring items in any condition - ‘unswappables’ will go to our textile recycling table hosted by DC Sustainable Fashion Collective.♻️ We hope to showcase how swapping goods is a smart way to keep products out of the landfill and preserve natural resources. Entry is free! Learn more at http://bit.ly/summerswapshop2019
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"American University in Washington, D.C. became the very first and largest urban campus and research university to achieve carbon neutrality—and it happened two years earlier than planned." CONGRATS on making the list:
Congrats on having one of the top 10 environmentally friendly campuses in the country! "AU chose to become a leader in eco-friendly practices and living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, and it shows."
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kogod-sustainability-club-panel-achieving-a-sustainable-future-tickets-59110694679 Come join our panel discussion on Friday, April 19th from notable alumni and their thoughts on the future of sustainability. You won't want to miss it!
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Are you an AU student passionate about food waste and wanting to help food insecurity both on campus and in our local community? We are starting a chapter of the Food Recovery Network here on campus, and we are actively looking for passionate people to work with us on our executive board to help us fully implement and maintain this incredibly effective initiative! Applications are due on June 16th. For more information, click on the application link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPXasDWZ3itJAPQYwILHLzqkpU-iham5ne3ux6vuslQVH7zA/viewform?usp=sf_link
CALCULATIONS AND UNIVERSAL BALANCED FUNCTION Arithmetical calculation is the origin and deals with numbers like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and algebra with numbers and variables. Arithmetic is the basic branch (number theory) and algebra is the reunion of broken parts. a) 7+2=9 and 2+7=9 arithmetic b) 2t+2f=2f+2t algebra. c) If values of ‘t and f’ differ, the equation cannot stand which is not the case with definite figures in arithmetic. Algebra searches unknown. If something is needed in market, so it is ‘x’ and if it is a pen,’x’ is a pen. Look at the sky; can we account correctly how many stars are? The answer is ‘no’ and so it is taken as ‘x’, then known (assumed) are 1, 00,000; the equation will be x-1, 00,000=’y’. Here both ‘x and y’ are unknown. When ‘y’ is determined, then riddle is solved, as ‘x’ value is discovered. For all probable variables, algebra is the route. When search is completed, equations stand tall. But again equations are not as tall for assessing secrets of the nature with infinite form and a fraction may be perhaps known, that too depending upon variances, termed as universe. So unknown can be bracketed in algebra as ‘x, y, and z’ as quantifying numbers are hidden and not figured out. To know the natural function of the universe, a combined capsule of arithmetic and algebra is applied. Is there any other mode for accounting without this help? Whether arithmetic or algebra, it is based on earth conditions and relevant response alone. To locate universal secrets, the relativity has to stand between the earth and the universal objects as a whole. Considering harmony, there may be some common universal laws for all objects which can be reached by terming as unknown in algebra. In fact a single path of original branch of arithmetic would help better; as for unknown factors zero ‘0’ can be used; at the most 01, 02, 03 instead of ‘a, b, c or x’ for equations in algebra, making mathematics simpler. Universal operations are without linking past, present, future and based on the simplest but permanent auto calculations on friction and tapping with relevant fluctuations of gravitation, anti-gravitation and reflection. This study can be framed in advanced arithmetic. When the universe came into being, undoubtedly it is with series of continued bangs that too with sustained time gaps in expanding travel. Is there any energy Centre to spread the empire? If it is invisible; then only two divisions surface; visible and invisible covering living and nonliving. Both carries soul energy, the former is self-activated and latter is not as here soul energy is limited to its static position unless activated externally. The universe is a capsule of mass and energy. Living activates mass for specific results; but mass is also activated by the nature to provide air, water, light etc. This is out of self-generated tapping transformation. Force, friction with mass resulting in velocity are the prime factors to promote bangs, one after other; as a single bang cannot frame out the sprawling universe. The energy output is as per the beats of mass contact with velocity which gets on to a recycle scenario for the final result. However the system is on the footing of tapping and twisting of mass by velocity on auto rhythm. It would be interesting to know the beginning of beginning to meet the recycle process. All this is not followed by the nature as per mathematics but by 2 harmonious relativity and behaviour. The universal energy follows ground rules of gravitation, anti-gravitation and reflection. Friction of mass and velocity are the building blocks of energy which is invisible. The velocity is with variances as per activation of mass and it is a combined capsule of time and space. Even gravitation and anti-gravitation impact factors of objects including the earth explain development of seasons. Gravitation and anti-gravitation range differs from object to object surfaces resulting in differences in seasonal climate. The nature with infinite setup has tapping transformation behaviour without any balance sheets and profit and loss account. The universal function only knows to give expecting nothing. Here lies the responsibility for keeping the environment clean for the simple reason that then only the nature can offer healthy and happy life. Dr.Einstein stated- it is an uncritical attitude to declare statistical character of the nature to be a fact but up to now we do not have any other theory. The nature stood for an orderly system obeying rules which could be discovered with courage and imagination. He even with his famous energy mass formula agreed that there must be something behind energy and was in search of systems which might open up secrets of the nature without any probabilities. In this context, it is rather surprising to note squares of 1 and 2 which are 1 and 4 respectively against the norm that square of same figure is more than the addition which states 1+1=2 and 2+2=4. So the values of a2 and b2, standing at 1 and 2 would present a different scenario in practical energy application routes. Force delivers velocity by friction with mass with variances as per gravitation and anti-gravitation on surface conditions. Time and space is a part of velocity and not in isolation. Hence study of velocity in reference to mass, gravitation and anti-gravitation is of utmost importance. For this no accounting system fits in to understand the infra-structure of the universe as a whole since it functions on auto principles without uncertainties. Here beats of bits of atomic sub particles in space may render some support in our understanding. The knowledge to know the universe with its infinite source empire is by its sound language which lifts tapping transformation. This will bring in such routes for the use of minimum resources and expenses to achieve the best maximum outputs. For example, one of the immeasurable objects, the sun alone is capable to provide light for the limitless areas. H V Navangul Age 82
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