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Shepard Symposium - Sustainability


Thank you for joining us to make the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice a Zero Waste event. We did it!  Thanks to the UW Sustainability Club for leading the effort and for creating this infographic describing our success.

Zero Waste

To achieve this goal we asked for your participation during the event, but also prior! Here is how we did it together!

"Don't Feed the Fill"

What is a Zero Waste Event and Diversion?

A Zero Waste Event is one in which as much "trash" as possible is diverted from landfills and incinerators. Diversion is the act of turning waste into resources that can be used for other purposes. This year we are asking attendees to reduce waste by composting all of our food waste in partnership with ACRES Student Farm and using reusable dishes and utensils instead of one-use disposable dishes.

How do we do it?

At the event we will have waste receptacles set up for easy access and convenience. We ask that you are conscious of where you put your waste and help make our goal a reality.

What is your role?

Your actions prior to the event are just as important as at the event. Before you come, please:

  • B.Y.O.E. Bring Your Own Everything! Specifically:
  • Nalgene or other reusable water bottle, bags, containers & snacks with limited packaging
  • A tablet or laptop to take paperless notes on all great speakers
  • Presenters: please consider sustainability along with accessibility. If you are providing paper copies of your presentation, encourage attendees to recycle afterwards or provide online versions of your presentations that attendees can access ahead of time (we can provide access through this website)
  • ReUse whenever possible!

Environmental and Social Justice

On an earth with finite resources often the most marginalized groups benefit the least from the wealth of resources on our planet and suffer the most from environmental injustices. Many social justice movements stemmed originally from environmental justice activist groups demanding agency for a voiceless planet. Underprivileged communities are often placed near waste dumping zones of society, experience the highest pollution rates or see rises in environmentally related human health issues. This is why we are striving to create an event and encourage lifestyles where all beings are given the chance to thrive.

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Christi Boggs, Ed.D. and Michelle Jarman, Ph.D.


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