|Submission Date||March 27, 2013|
ER-T2-1: Student Group
Director of University Sustainability
Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
The name and a brief description of each student group:
The Purdue Student Sustainability Council is made up of delegates from several sustainability-focused and sustainability-related student organizations across campus. The Council was developed to work closely with the Purdue Sustainability Council and to serve as a connection point for student groups involved in sustainability. Student groups represented include:
Agriculture Student Council
Boiler Green Initiative
Environmental Science Club
Heifer International-Purdue Chapter
International Association for Society and Natural Resources-Purdue Chapter
Net Impact-Purdue Graduate Chapter
Net Impact-Purdue Undergraduate Chapter
Purdue Energy Forum
Purdue Engineering Student Council
Purdue Science Student Council
Purdue Student Government
Purdue University Sierra Student Coalition
Roots & Shoots-Purdue Chapter
School of Management Council
Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineers
List up to 4 notable recent activities or accomplishments of student group(s):
Greeks Get Green
During the month of February 2012, the Purdue Student Government and Purdue Student Sustainability Council sponsored an energy saving and sustainability competition targeting 29 Greek houses on campus. Phi Kappa Psi won the “Sustainable Socialite” award by hosting the most registered parties while reducing their energy consumption the most. They saw a 3,800 kWh reduction compared to February 2011. Pi Beta Phi won both the “Green Gorilla” and “Percentage Best” prizes by having the largest total energy use reduction and the highest percent change in energy consumption. They had a 5,380 kWh reduction.
A team of students designed, built, and entered a net-zero energy residential home in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team scored no less than 80 out of 100 points in each of the 10 contests and took home second place overall.
Boiler Green Initiative continued its efforts this year to increase recycling at football games. Student volunteers from the club spend game-day mornings passing out recycling bags and encouraging tailgating football fans to recycle. During the game the students man the recycling receptacles inside the stadium. This effort has led to over 92,000 pounds of glass, aluminum, plastic, and cardboard being diverted from a landfill over the past 2 years.
The Electric Vehicle Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) team organized the Purdue evGrandPrix, a competition for students to design, build, and race electric vehicles. The event encourages students to get involved in engineering sustainable transportation solutions and also focuses on community outreach and education.
List other student groups that address sustainability:
The website URL where information about student group(s) is available:
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