Waste reduction education

TitleWaste reduction education
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsHughes, C., D. Crowley, S. Elliott, and J. Kocjan
Keywordsstudent engagement, sustainability, waste, waste management, waste reduction

This project, Waste Reduction Education, involves a survey to quantitatively assess the current knowledge of the first year students at the University of Waterloo. The goal of ERS 285 (WatGreen) is to use the University of Waterloo campus as a laboratory to study environmental sustainability. Sustainability is the persistence over an apparently indefinite future of certain necessary and desired characteristics of the socio-political system and its natural environment (ERS, 1993). This project will hopefully lead to a more sustainable campus by providing results about the level of awareness on waste reduction to the appropriate sources who can take action. The action will increase student participation in reducing waste on campus and reduced waste means a more sustainable campus. The University of Waterloo is affected by many systems and subsystems. WatGreen provides an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of present systems, and to examine future options that will meet the standards of sustainability. To accomplish the objectives, 266 surveys were administered over a two-week period. This study will provide the results of this survey, analysis of the findings and recommendations for improving sustainability on campus… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca