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Eco-Ambassador Grant Launches Reusable Cups Initiative, Diverts Significant Waste

Participants in the Eco-Ambassador program are eligible to receive a sustainability grant of $200 towards a sustainability initiative or project in their office or department.

Last year, Lynne Ramsey, an Eco-Ambassador in the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), noticed that participants in the Center’s summer workshops for children were using up to 5 disposable cups a day during snack breaks. So for this summer’s sessions, Lynne used her grant to purchase CEEO-branded reusable plastic cups from a local producer. All workshop attendees, instructors, and CEEO’s undergraduate student workers received a cup. Lynne estimates that the initiative eliminates the waste of over 5,000 disposable cups.


The cups not only replaced single-use paper cups during the event but also display information about the waste and deforestation created by paper cups every year. In this way Lynne’s initiative fulfilled a key principle of sustainable events: to extend sustainable behavior and awareness beyond the single event and into the future.


Lynne and CEEO hope to continue the initiative into the future, incorporating reusables into all of their summer workshops.

For more information about sustainable event principles as well as checklists to guide you through hosting your own events, review or download our Green Event Resources ebook.

Learn more about the Eco-Ambassador program and consider applying to become a sustainability leader in your office.

$65,000 Award Opportunity for Students, Faculty and Universities

Beginning on January 2, 2012, The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development will begin accepting entries from undergraduate students in all engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry. 
By submitting a paper that outlines contributions to sustainability, students have an opportunity to win $65,000 in cash prizes for themselves, faculty advisors and Tufts. 
Download the Official Award Guidelines here: http://www.odebrechtaward.com/images/OfficialGuidelines2012_v6.pdf
Ideas can be related to efficient, real-world uses of sustainable materials, new chemical and petrochemical processes or new building techniques.
Entries will be accepted from January 2, 2012 through May 31, 2012 at: www.odebrechtaward.com
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