December, 2010

Holiday gift ideas

Auburn tackles invasive plants

Offices on campus reduce paper use

Identify and control invasive plants

January Green Lunch: “Nature’s Tap: Sustainable Water Solutions”

Holiday gift ideas

This holiday season, give something a little more meaningful. Over the years, the Office of Sustainability interns have put together a list of gift ideas that aim to make the season more sustainable. Try giving a gift that:

    Teaches a new skill

    Encourages creativity

    Helps others

For more gift giving ideas, check out our Holiday Gift Guide.

Auburn offices reduce paper use

October's newsletter highlighted the strides Housing and Residence Life has made to reduce paper use in their office. Others, such as the Program for Students with Disabilities and the Contracts and Grants Accounting Business Office, are moving in the same direction.

Together these three offices will save an estimated 21,000 sheets of paper per year, with an even greater savings in office efficiency. Some common advantages and instigators of change have been identified.

Advantages of using less paper include:

    Money saved on purchasing paper

    Better tracking of documents

    Quicker reporting time

    More convenience

    Less storage needed for papers

    Time saved from transporting forms for signatures and filing

Instigators of change include:

    Director buys into the idea

    Needs to be a team approach

    Ask, “How can we do this electronically?”

    Change your way of thinking about paper

You can make a difference too! Encourage your peers and office to reduce their paper use! If you are interested in ways to make your office more efficient, please contact the Office of Sustainability.

January Green Lunch: “Nature’s Tap: Sustainable Water Solutions”

Speaker: Scott Kubiszyn, founder and president of Nature’s Tap

Date: Tues, Jan 18, 2011

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Student Center, Rm 2222

Once a month the Office of Sustainability hosts a Green Lunch Seminar. The talk is free and open to everyone. The Office of Sustainability keeps previously recorded webcasts here. For additional information see our Green Lunch series.

Auburn tackles invasive plants

Parkerson Mill Creek, the stream that runs through campus, is looking different these days. A team that includes Auburn's Landscape Services, Department of Horticulture, and Rouse Land Services has begun the process of physically removing Chinese privet from the stream at the intramural fields.

Chinese privet is an invasive, nonnative plant that:

    Shades out other vegetation

    Degrades wildlife habitat

The privet removal is part of a larger ongoing effort to improve Parkerson Mill Creek watershed. A management plan was developed to outline how different stakeholders can work together to:

    clean up stormwater

    stabilize the streambanks

    manage nonnative, invasive plants

    keep out trash and other pollutants

By removing the privet, students and visitors can now see the stream, and will hopefully learn more about their role in protecting it. You can become part of the solution.

Volunteer to remove invasives! Join IMPACT student volunteers at the weekly stream clean up,

    Thurs, 3 - 5 pm.

Contact Jess Roberts, ACES.

For information on Auburn privet removal contact Charlie Crawford at Landscaping Services, or Gary Keever from the Department of Horticulture.

For more information on Parkerson Mill Creek, visit the Alabama State Water Program.

To learn more about invasive plants, please visit the Alabama Invasive Plant Council.

Identify and control invasive plants

Free copies of A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests are now available to landowners, gardeners and others concerned about nonnative plants in the South.

Learn to identify invasives!







The book is posted in PDF format and is available in html format.

Copies are available by sending your name and mailing address, along with the book title, author and publication number GTR-SRS-119 to pubrequest@fs.fed.us .

Learn to control invasives through the new companion book: A Management Guide for Nonnative Plants of Southern Forests.

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