I really enjoyed the talk with Bob Janis this week but a C+ for DePaul’s rating I would go more with a D- and a D for effort. Bob Janis said that next time he would include composting in the report he fills out. I know of one composting bin on campus, it is extremely small, and more of a personal composter than an industrial sized needed for DePaul University. This statement shows he is more worried about the rating than actually making a difference. I feel that all the “behind the scenes changes” is just a crowd pleasing statement, because he only listed changing out the light bulbs and a few changes that he breezed over, I admit I should of asked him to describe each change, maybe this would of changed my reflection. The point is we are not a composting campus and barley a recycling campus. Even the changes that DePaul has made can be questioned, Chart wells who recently switched to corn based biodegradable cups as a step in greening DePaul, may have took a step back. I have haven’t researched this point as much as I would like to have to make this statement but, some research suggests that Greenware’s corn cups are only biodegradable if composted in an industrial strength composter and if they are mixed in during the recycling process they will ruin the whole batch of plastic that is being recycled. DePaul should have done a little more research before allowing Chartwells to switch to corn based products.
If DePaul would hire a Green Consultant, questionable environmental efforts could be researched before implemented. I also do not agree that Janis opposes a green consultant because of money; 180,000 a year is not that much for DePaul. I think that he opposes because he would have to answer to an environmentally educated committee that would insist on changes that he is able to avoid. I do feel that I just attacked Bob Janis and the administration, which is not the way to make changes and create a sustainable relationship.
Here are a couple other topics that bother me,
DePaul re sods around the quad’s sidewalks at least two times a year, Once when classes start in fall, and once before graduation in the spring.
For every DePaul catered meeting and or event 20oz bottles of pop and water are provided along with cups.
Education is the key to sustainability. DePaul should quit saying they would like a required sustainable class for freshman and “just do it”.