COCA-COLA STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS 2018
March 26, 2018
The Ohio State University is dedicated to advancing education, research, and innovation to achieve their goals of reducing greenhouse gases, conserving resources and promoting sustainability. To further those goals, Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability offers funding through Coca-Cola Sustainability Grants for students to pursue creative efforts that promote and achieve sustainability. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients.
Plastic Bag Recycling – Pilot Project
Student lead: Michaela Master
Approved funding: $2,622
A student organization, Net Impact, will introduce a pilot plastic bag collection in four residence halls with four different styles of bins. At the end of Spring Semester 2018, Net Impact will utilize the collected data, such as the amount of plastic bags collected and the level of contamination, to propose the best bin design for permanent placement on campus.
AgriCULTURE Gardens and Ohio State’s Student Farm (combined projects)
Student leads: Alyson Gordon and Jamey Weyenberg
Approved funding: $8,925
This project will provide funding for a “Pop Garden” on campus and for equipment for Ohio State’s student farm. The project aims to promote sustainable growing spaces on campus, engage more students in a wider range of activities such as beekeeping and microgreen production, and increase awareness among students and faculty through educational programming.
Carmack Woods Preservation
Student lead: Patrick Sanders
Approved funding: $13,766
Through a partnership between student organizations and the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, this project will have three events to remove invasive species and plant native species in Carmack Woods during Spring Semester 2018. This initiative aims to determine the ecological value of Carmack Woods and to document the importance of maintaining the area in its natural state. Click here for a news article from the department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering.
Ohio State Residence Hall Compost Collection
Student lead: Maria Ulatowski
Approved funding: $244
This pilot project will provide multiple collection bins for food waste in Houck House, an on campus residence hall, with the goal of expanding composting on campus. The students plan to track the weight and level of contamination each week and compare their results to another residence hall compost project.