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USD is becoming a Zero Waste Campus!
Zero waste is the idea that we can live anywhere without accumulating waste. With a zero waste perspective we imagine a future where all goods are either reusable indefinitely, recyclable, or biodegradable. The Zero Waste philosophy can be applied to any product or material; no resources should ever end up in a landfill! See how USD diverts 60% of its waste from the landfill.
1) USD reduces paper waste!
• To reduce paper signage, USD’s organizations utilize email listings and online forums to notify students of major events.
• All paper contains recycled content.
• Coffee sleeves, napkins, and to-go containers are made of recycled content.
2) USD reduces food waste!
• Used cooking oil is recycled, and much of it is turned into biodiesel.
• The SLP is home to a BioHiTech Food Digester that transforms 3,200 lbs. of food waste into water each week. It can reduce 470,000 lbs. of CO2 in one year.
• All dining locations are 100% Styrofoam-free and tray-free.
• All dining locations offer biodegradable cups, containers, and utensils.
3) USD reduces harmful electronic waste!
• USD is the first college campus with its own full-time Electronic Waste Center.
• The EPA estimates that only 25% of e-waste is recycled properly. The E-Waste Center has recycled or resold over 500,000 lbs. of e-waste.
4) USD reduces wasted water!
• Low-flow aerators in all faucets and low-flow showerheads, as well as water-efficient toilet and urinals across campus, create a 15% reduction in water use.
• Rain Bird satellite sprinkler system records the climate and minimizes campus irrigation water use accordingly.
• Water fountains and filling stations around campus encourage reusable water bottle usage.
5) USD reduces wasted energy!
• Through various efficiency projects, the university saves 20% total energy usage.
• All outdoor lighting was upgraded to meet energy efficiency standards and reduce the university’s carbon footprint.
• USD uses renewable energy through the 1.23-megawatt solar panel system.