Top 5

TOP FIVE

Our “Top Five” are all sororities and have received over 50 points (out of 96) in the UW Sustainability Survey.

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Vivian Chin

Sigma Kappa is committed to improving the environment. Improvements can happen every day through purposeful actions and choices that, collectively, make a significant impact on the overall health of our planet. One of our national service projects is “Inherit the Earth,” which provides the opportunity for collegians, alumnae and citizens to work together to improve local environments.

Progress: 59/96
61%

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Current Project(s): Sustainable Lighting Solutions, Creating a Sustainability Committee in the Chapter

Green Greek Representative: Vivian Chin

Latest Sustainability Report (July 2016): View here!

Other involved members: Green Greek Director Talia Haller, Member Jane Green, Member Zoe Thuesmunn, Member Bela Garcia, Member Alyssa Sismaet, Member Pei-Ming Tokuda, Member Katie Rosemond

Past Projects:

Chapter Education: Seattle Public Utilities Staff on best waste practices, November 2015 (Talia Haller)

Outfitted every room with recycling bins to encourage best waste practices, November 2015 (Talia Haller)

Coordinated Community Collaboration: UW-Farm & SK Volunteer Event, October 2015 (Talia Haller)

Outfitted main areas with recycling, composting, and trash bins & VERY visible signage, September 2015 (Talia Haller)

Established Utility Baseline (including electricity, water, and waste), March 2015 (Talia Haller)

Installed Sustainability Chair, January 2015 (Talia Haller)

Future Projects:

Sustainable Shower Solutions: Reduce Shower Flow from 2.5 GPM to 1.5 GPM

Create a Report on “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” to encourage stakeholders to implement sustainable solutions and to provide an example to other chapter’s of what they could be saving

Increase Sustainable Sourcing: Buy compostable or re-usable kitchen items (utensils, etc.)

Additional Chapter Education on Best Waste Practices, Reducing Energy, etc.

 Design an Energy Challenge for the Chapter to reduce overall energy usage


Vivian Chin

11782378_1070650276292168_901328976539618994_oVivian is in her second year at UW and is studying Accounting and Finance. She is Sigma Kappa’s current Sustainability Chair and VP of Finance. In addition, she is in Alpha Kappa Psi, is a First-year Interest group leader, and works both on and off campus. Vivian is very passionate about the environment which is why she is thrilled to be a Green Greek representative. As a representative, she hopes to spread awareness about sustainability, and share, assist in, and develop sustainable projects that all chapters can partake in. Her current project in Sigma Kappa is installing occupancy motion sensors and switching all lights to LED lights. Moving forward she hopes to replace all shower heads with low flow shower heads and invest in fun shower-timers to conserve water.

Sustainability Action Plan: View here!


UW-Farm & SK Collaboration: Annual Farm to Table Dinner

In October 2015, Sigma Kappa provided a majority of the UW Farm’s volunteers for their annual fall event, the Farm to Table Dinner. Our involvement stemmed from a desire to collaborate and serve other sustainability-minded and environmentally-friendly groups on campus. From picking flowers and carving pumpkins to serving Chaco Canyon Cafe’s amazing locally-sourced and organic cuisine, this volunteer experience not only helped the UW Farm team pull together an amazing event but also educated our chapter about the vibrant farm community right down the hill from our house!  This year we will provide our volunteer service for the second time in a row – we may even be starting a tradition!

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It shall also be the Purpose of Delta Delta Delta to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women.

Progress: 52/96
53%

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While Tri-Delts has reached 100% in the sustainable transportation category, we need to work on our Community Connections and water reduction!

 Provide secure bicycle parking for chapter members, as well as encouraging walking, biking, and carpooling

 Reached 100% in Transportation Category

 We have occasional updates on sustainability progress in meetings or on social media sites

 People in the chapter are mindful of correct disposal whether it be recycling, compost or trash.

ENERGY STAR Appliances: Refrigerators, Washers & Dryers

 

Didn’t participate in Greek Clean-Up

Chapter doesn’t have networked printer

Lighting is CFL’s (use a little more power than LED’s but less than conventional lighting, but contains mercury and still emits a significant amount of GHG).

 Traditional (2.5 + GPM) Shower heads

No Community Connections!


Current Project(s): Establishing a Sustainability Chair in Chapter!

Green Greek Representative: Ivy Terry

Latest Sustainability Survey Info: November 2016

Other involved members: NA

Past Projects:

Created Sustainability Committee within Chapter (Fall 2016, Ivy Terry)

Future Projects:

Sustainable Shower Solutions: Reduce Shower Flow from 2.5 GPM to 1.5 GPM

Create a Report on “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” to encourage stakeholders to implement sustainable solutions and to provide an example to other chapter’s of what they could be saving

Increase Sustainable Sourcing: Buy compostable or re-usable kitchen items (utensils, etc.)

Additional Chapter Education on Best Waste Practices, Reducing Energy, etc.

 Design an Energy Challenge for the Chapter to reduce overall energy usage


Ivy Terry

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-3-31-38-pmI am a junior at the University of Washington in the Environmental Science Program with a focus in Wildlife Conservation and Statistics. I am so excited to be part of the Green Greek Program to help initiate conversations in the greek system and help our community become more aware of our impact to the environment.

Sustainability Action Plan: NA

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Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a women’s organization which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best.

 

Progress: 53/96
54%

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While Phi Mu is relatively strong in most areas, we need to work on our reducing our water usage and increasing our awareness!

5 to 10 recycling bins and a few composting bins (one in kitchen and study room)

100% of bins have clear, explantory signage

Three ENERGY STAR appliances (refrigerators and freezer)

Use mostly LED lighting

Volunteers for Environmental Causes at least once a year

 

 Most people are mindful of correct disposal at the dining room but it is a problem when it comes to recycling in their own rooms. I would really like it if our chapter became more aware about recycling and composting practices!

Only two members of Phi Mu participated in the Greek Clean-Up in Fall 2016

Traditional Showerheads (2.5 GPM, inefficient flow rate)


Current Project(s): Establishing Sustainability Chair in Chapter!

Green Greek Representative: Jessie Andino

Latest Sustainability Survey Info: November 2016 

Other involved members: NA

Past Projects:

Installing a Sustainability Chair (Fall 2016, Jessie Andino)

Future Projects:

Sustainable Shower Solutions: Reduce Shower Flow from 2.5 GPM to 1.5 GPM

Create a Report on “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” to encourage stakeholders to implement sustainable solutions and to provide an example to other chapter’s of what they could be saving

Increase Sustainable Sourcing: Buy compostable or re-usable kitchen items (utensils, etc.)

Additional Chapter Education on Best Waste Practices, Reducing Energy, etc.

 Design an Energy Challenge for the Chapter to reduce overall energy usage


Jessie Andino
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I am a junior majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology. Some goals I have for this program in raise awareness about sustainability and the environment throughout the Greek system and UW. Also, I am excited to work with others who care about reducing factors that can harm people’s lives and the environment. Some goals I have for my chapter is investing in improving our recycling system and changing all lights to LED lights!

Sustainability Action Plan: NA

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Alpha Omicron Pi’s main environmental effort is to promote specific actions in the chapter that increase sustainable performance. These actions fall in categories such as proper waste disposal, energy use, water use, and conserving resources. In spring 2016, Alpha Omicron Pi established a green chair position that will continue environmental efforts for generations. We believe that sustainability becomes more and more necessary every day for as the global population increases, common natural resources decline.

Progress 51/96
52%

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While Alpha Omicron Pi has stronger areas, like for instance in sustainable sourcing and waste, we still have significant progress to make, most notably in community connections and water reduction.

 

Has an annual or quarterly “sustainability” presentation!

Has 10+ recycling bins, and around 5 composting bins (with kitchen and study areas covered) and 100% with clear, explanatory signage!

Has motion-sensor lights in the guest bathroom and a few dual-flush toilets

Chapter provides reusable water bottles, coffee mugs/cups, and compostable utensils and to-go plates

No ENERGY STAR appliances

Uses CFL’s rather than LED’s (although CFL”s are better than conventional lighting). 

Doesn’t host a clothing swap or volunteer for environmental causes

Doesn’t know whether shower heads use excess water or not

New members aren’t taught how to get around and use public transportation


Current Project(s): AOII 2016-2017 Sustainability Projects Plan-designed by the green chair committee

Green Greek Representative: Lia Carstens

Latest Sustainability Survey: https://green-certification.uw.edu/results/57e301815a2ae6631d0374e2/58196ad85a2ae6631d0375f8

Other involved members: Member Esin Tunali

Past Projects:

 Provide reusable CamelBak water bottles for the chapter, September 2016

Establishment of AOII green chair, June 2016

Eliminate paper dish-ware and replace with compostable dishware, March 2016

Place landfill, recycle, and compost bins throughout the chapter house, September 2015

 

Future Projects:

Design signs to label the landfill, recycle, and compost bins to prevent members from putting the wrong materials in the wrong receptacle

Design posters on how members can reduce, reuse, and recycle various materials

Waste Disposal Education to help members understand how to properly dispose waste

Limit Shower Time

Install Hand Dryers

 Make members aware of our electricity, water, and waste bills to measure sustainability progress


Lia Carstens
screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-30-40-amLia loves life at the UW as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and as an Environmental Science major. She has numerous environmental interests but she’s passionate about pursuing sustainable landscapes and design. Lia’s goal in the GGRP aims to educate the Greek community on how to produce less waste and proper disposal of waste, compost, and recyclable materials. She leads the Waste Right project. Lia adventures the outdoors with friends and family as her favorite leisure activity.

Sustainability Action Plan: NA

 

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Alpha Delta Pi collegians and alumnae, as well as friends and family members of Alpha Delta Pi, show their philanthropic spirit in many ways. Alpha Delta Pi sisters make an impact on their campuses and in their communities.

 

 

Progress: 61/96
62%

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A D Pi is strong all-around but we want to work on increasing our sustainable food practices and reducing waste!

 All recycling/composting bins have signage!

 Won an Environmental Excellence Award last year from Panhellenic

 Lights are mostly LED’s

Motion-sensor lights in all main areas.

Chapter volunteers for an environmental cause multiple times per year!

 Chapter doesn’t have networked printer!

 No ENERGY STAR Appliances

Chapter has never done a Meatless Monday

No reminders for shorter showers and only one for turning off lights.

No community connections!


Current Project(s): Worked to determine solar potential for specific chapters within the Greek Community, specifically related to our chapter because we have a well-suited roof for solar.

Green Greek Representative: Madeleine Karstetter

Latest Sustainability Survey Info: November 2016

Other involved members: NA

Past Projects:

Did a “sustainability-related” exchange with a fraternity on campus, 2016, Kathryn Steele

Determined that solar power was not feasible for our chapter house at this time, Autumn 2016, Kathryn Steele

Future Projects:

Organize a Meatless Monday for Chapter

Create a Report on “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” to encourage stakeholders to implement sustainable solutions and to provide an example to other chapter’s of what they could be saving

Additional Chapter Education on Best Waste Practices, Reducing Energy, etc.

 Design an Energy Challenge for the Chapter to reduce overall energy usage


Madeleine Karstetter

Sustainability Action Plan: NA