Plastic-Free at UC Santa Barbara

Plastic-Free at UC Santa Barbara

The UCSB Plastics Pollution Coalition is on their way to reducing and eliminating plastics from campus, thanks in part to a concerted effort by a dedicated group of students and supporting organizations. With all the recent efforts around eliminating single-use plastic bags from jurisdictions around the globe, UCSB is taking the lead among universities nationwide and leading by example.

“UCSB students have always made sustainability a commitment, and we see plastic reduction as an area that the the student community can really get behind,” said Alyssa Hall, Co-Executive Director of PPC.

In January 2012, the national PPC officially launched its Plastic Free Campus Initiative, aimed at reducing plastic use on college campuses around the country. UCSB’s efforts, however, were already well underway, focused on plastic bag reduction, compostable trays, ‘hydration stations,’ and the general education of the student population.

With the new 2012/2013 school year now in full swing, UCSB continues to expand it’s programs. This year’s focus will emphasize the reduction of single-use plastic bottles on campus. Said Ms. Hall, “Bottles are in our every-day lives and are a very visible source of plastic use. We want to be one of the leading univerisites working on this issue, and our plastic bottle campaign will help grow the movement around our overall goals.”

Members of PPC with SB City Council members host ‘Day Without a Bag.’

As a cool example of PPC’s unique efforts, UCSB’s Harder Stadium will conduct a plastic-free pilot program for this weekend’s Mens soccer game against Stanford as part of Zero Waste Weekend. You may even see the video above on a very BIG screen at the game. Get your tickets here!

In the weeks and months ahead, UCSB PPC will focus its efforts on engaging more students in their efforts.

To get involved, find out more, or provide your own input and thoughts, contact UCSB PPC today.

Written by Eric Cardenas, LoaTree.

 

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