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Shepard Symposium - Sustainability


Picture of the zero waste setup at the 2017 Shepard Symposium. 4 trash cans with signs indicating where to put each type of waste.

At the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, we recognize that sustainability and social justice are inextricably linked. In fact, equity is a key aspect of true sustainability. Sustainability practices complement our social justice and accessibility goals throughout the symposium.

Zero Waste LogoZero waste at the Shepard Symposium

Zero waste is a goal and a process, in which we divert as much “trash” as possible from the landfill through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. We work toward this goal at the Shepard Symposium in a number of ways:

  • Providing all-vegan meals at our two major symposium lunches, which allows us to compost all leftover food that we can’t otherwise eat or share with local food organizations;
    • Thanks to the Sustainability Coalition for organizing “Trash Talker” volunteers to help attendees sort their waste, and thanks to ACRES Student Farm for picking up compost!
  • Working with UW Catering and Events to use all reusable dishware and eliminate nearly all individually wrapped items;
  • Providing reusable giveaways made with recycled content;
  • Encouraging presenters to print minimal double-sided copies of their presentations to support accessibility. 

How can you contribute to zero waste and sustainability efforts at the Shepard Symposium?

  • Consider walking, biking, taking public transportation, or carpooling to the Shepard Symposium.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle, bags, containers, etc.
  • Please take only the food you plan to eat. We work closely with UW Catering to share food with local organizations.
  • Use a laptop or tablet to take paperless notes. 
Zero Waste Event Guide: Don't Feed the Fill

History of zero waste at the Shepard Symposium and UW

At the 2016 Shepard Symposium, students in the Sustainability Club and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Campus Sustainability course piloted zero waste practices and developed zero waste event guidelines for the University of Wyoming. Thanks to their leadership, we have historically diverted more than 90% of our waste from the landfill at the Shepard Symposium and zero waste practices have begun to spread across UW.

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