In order to meet the Chancellor’s sustainability challenge, the Green Team of the Financial Affairs office took action to reduce waste and promote sustainable practices in their office, and set a goal to divert waste by ten percent by the end of the school year. In order to achieve this, the team hosted workshops to educate staff members on how to reduce waste, urging office workers to bring a hand towels to work, printing paper on both sides, and creating a website to engage staff members to participate in zero waste. As an intern my job was to outreach and educate staff members within the Financial Affairs office. To fulfill my goals, I created web content for the Financial Affair’s sustainability page. The content of the site will include videos, timeline events, milestones, pictures, and resources related to sustainable practices that are happening in the office. While waiting for the website to go live, a Facebook page was launched as an alternative. The website aimed to engage staff members in learning about sustainability and served as a helpful resource and reference for the members.
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By the end of the fiscal year, I have completed three videos including a worm composting video, and two videos to promote saving printer paper and paper towels. The videos went on to the website under the video spotlight section. The Bigfoot video was specifically shown at the yearend meeting to more than one hundred staff members. In regards to the website, the sustainability guide was completed in the middle of spring quarter, including information on education, green tips, goals, mission statement and several other sections. Then, the information was migrated to the main page which will be set to be published in end of June. The main page includes sections such as mission statement, news and events, video spotlight, education, resources, Financial Affairs initiatives and did you know section with random sustainability facts. The Financial Affairs Green Team event, “A Year in Waste,” was a huge success not only within the office but it also gained recognition throughout the campus of UCSC, a reason why the website project was implemented to target a wider range of audience. The engagement of the Financial Affairs staff members were also off the charts as 81 percent of them pledged to bring a hand towel to work during the pledging event. However, the amount of waste reduced wasn’t accounted yet since it will be calculated at the end of the fiscal year which is the end of June. Overall, within this year, I can say that many more people were aware of our efforts and also took part in the sustainability movement. In June, when the website is published, more people will be engaged and hopefully we’ll have 100 percent participation in zero waste events in the upcoming year!