Since much of students’ education experience happens outside of the classroom, sustainability curriculum in the form of public awareness and education on campus and in Residence Life should be a university value.
Data on the current paper towel use of three buildings, Argyros Forum, Leatherby Library, and Beckman Hall were obtained from a random week during Spring 2017 Semester. The results are displayed below:
In the Audit Survey, students, faculty, and staff were most commonly selected “interactive demonstrations” as the most effective medium of sustainability education, with “visual demonstrations”, and “signs, stickers, and/or posters” following.
Recommendations on how to further educate Chapman community members on environmental issues include:
- Create a set series of digital slides through Strategic Marketing and Communications to be strategically posted on various TV screens throughout Chapman’s facilities. This method of public awareness is free and the most expedient.
- To save on the campus’ paper towel use, the sign below is recommended to be placed in high-traffic restrooms on campus by Facilities Management. The cost will depend on how many are installed in Chapman’s plastic sleeves, but will remain low compared to the potential savings on paper towels.
- Invest in a long-term/permanent Sustainability Center on main campus that provides answers and resources such as household hazardous waste collection, informational and educational materials, reusable coffee cups, and a small greenhouse.
- Invest in eco-friendly and educational fixtures and campaigns when the new housing infrastructure is built. Some of these permanent additions would be low-flow appliances, completely drought-tolerant landscaping, compost receptacles, solar panels, FSC-certified furniture, and a public monitor/dashboard that displays resources use in real time.
- Students, staff, and faculty who attended 2017 Campus Earth Week Events were asked to fill out short evaluations.
- Figure 7 charts demonstrate that a majority those who attended Earth Week programing, found the events to be successful in promoting environmental sustainability, and no respondents found programs to be ineffective in doing so, counter to the findings from the general survey.
Recommendations, given by 2017 Earth Week Attendees –
Earth week at Chapman has the potential to reach a large portion of the Chapman community and members of the City of Orange (Table 3) to promote environmental sustainability
- Add incentives like food and extra credit
- Creation of “Sustainable Orange” (and improved community relations)
- Modeled off of “Sustainable Claremont”
- Interdisciplinary with representatives from
- City of Orange residents
- Interfaith Council
- Chapman Department of Sustainability
- Civic Engagement
- University Program Board
- Office of Housing and Residential Life
- Greek Life