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Water Pledges in the Coop

By Sustainability Office on October 17, 2013
Pledge setup

Pledge setup

A few weeks ago, sustainability interns interacted with the student body by holding a pledge campaign in the Coop. With a dry-erase board and colorful markers, we attracted students to our table and asked them to write a water-related pledge — something they wished to change about their water use habits. Following their pledge to take shorter showers or wash their clothes in cold water, we snapped a picture of the student with their pledge. Look around campus for a poster displaying the 100 pledges!

In addition, we held a sale for subsidized Colgate Nalgene water bottles purchased from the bookstore. For only $5, students, staff, and faculty could purchase a water bottle to help reduce their reliance on plastic bottles. Each year, the Coop C-Store sells over 5,000 disposable plastic bottles! With the investment in reusable bottles, and the water pledge activity, we hope to change the water use habits on campus for the better, one student at a time.

If you are interested in purchasing a water bottle, stop by the ENST Resource Room at Ho 245.

Using Cold Frames to Extend the Growing Season

By Sustainability Office on October 16, 2013

In Upstate New York, the gardening season can sometimes feel extremely short.  The average time between the last frost in the Spring and the first frost in the Fall is about 144 days… not even half of a year!

Cold frames are structures designed to extend the growing season in cold climate gardening. They can be used at the start of a season, or at the end of a season. They are smaller than typical greenhouses, easy to move around the garden or even place over existing plants or shrubs.

Visit Organic Gardening’s website for some terrific information about cold frames and how you can extend your own gardening season.

Green Thumbs and the Colgate Community Garden team will also be hosting an event this weekend to learn more about cold frames. There are many different ways to create a cold frame that will suit your gardening needs, and we will be building 2 different ones on Sunday.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 pm at the Colgate Community Garden behind the Newell apartments on College Street.  Come on down and see how easy it can be to add an extra 30-60 days to your own growing season!  Hope to see you there!

Madison County ReUse Store

By Liza Solberg on October 4, 2013

After scraping by these first few months of school, are you in need of some home goods and decorating ideas? Pots and pans? Framed posters? What the heck is a strainer?

Instead of spending too much money on new home goods visit the ReUse store in Canastota where used items are restored and resold for less. You can find anything from a blender, to a painting, to a bike at this store. When you are checking out they weigh your purchases and thank you for keeping x amount of waste out of the landfill. You can save money and Read more