Last time, we went over a few prominent eco-labeling and rating systems for electronics. To review, those were: EPEAT, Energy Star, and Healthy Stuff. We look to these systems to easily compare energy efficiency, ease of recycling, and presence of hazardous chemicals in products, so that we, the consumers, can make better informed choices. In this episode, we’ll continue with the theme of computers, and see which ones have already earned a green light.
Method: The procedure here was pretty simple. I used the lists for the latest computers reveiwed on CNET, like Best Laptops and Best Desktops. Then I combed through the EPEAT database to see the results for each product. EPEAT scores (in parentheses) are out of a total possible 27 points, but the highest actually awarded so far is about 23.
Continue reading Our $3.50: The results (that) are in…
This is part 2 of a 3-part series on Kevin Kononenko’s Trust for Cups recycling campaign
At the beginning of Kevin Kononenko’s sophomore year, he was driven to direct his efforts toward an initiative on campus. He reflects that he wanted to get involved with an opportunity that would allow him to play a large role in the project, something that he could devote a lot of energy and time to. Kevin recognized that Greek life had a fantastic opportunity to divert waste, specifically of the recognizable red party cup kind.
Recycling can't be easier with Ann Arbor's single stream system
Although some see leaders as stand-alone agents, Kevin continues to execute his leadership through the effective collaboration with and leveraging of knowledgeable and resourceful entities in Ann Arbor. Kevin contacted Kendra Pyle, recycling superstar, of Recycle Ann Arbor - for assistance in developing his project. Meeting initially in October 2011 to discuss ideas, Kendra shared her experiences with RAA’s recycling programs in Greek houses. The project is truly a combination of RAA’s established programming and educational principles for Greek Houses, while the incentivizing and on-the-ground organizing is Kevin’s leadership and hard work.
Continue reading Trust for Cups Part 2: Let’s get rrready to RECYCLE!
When you think of an undergraduate student, what comes to mind first? Video-game playing, beer-chugging youth? A generation drunk with iPhone indulgence? For one University of Michigan undergraduate student – that I had the recent pleasure of meeting –ingenuity, passion, and determination are the first words that I come up with.
This past Friday, I met with Kevin Kononenko, a junior studying in the Program in the Environment at U of M who is currently heading up the campaign “Trust for Cups”. The project seeks to facilitate diverting 35% of waste into the recycling bins in Greek life. However, it’s more than just an attempt to encourage recycling for a specific subpopulation of campus life. It’s far more purposeful than that. First it aims to take advantage of the often large waste created, and turn that around into huge diversion and prevention efforts. And it seizes the conspicuousness of Greek life on campus and in Ann Arbor as huge PR for recycling behavior change across campus. The red Solo Cup is ubiquitous. The Greek life frat party is ubiquitous. The campaign begs the question, “How can recycling within Greek Life become just as ubiquitous?”
Continue reading Trust for Cups: Part I