Current Projects

Sustainable development: Towards a zero-waste campus
(uOttawa Office of Campus Sustainability)

By participating in this ASB placement, you’ll be helping the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) determine how uOttawa can become a zero-waste campus. A zero-waste campus is one where we produce only things that are recyclable or reusable and we recycle or reuse everything else. You’ll therefore be doing an in-depth analysis of the materials that are placed in the waste and recycling bins. The purpose of the analysis is to collect information on whether people are sorting properly, what they’re sorting properly and not sorting properly and to discover the reasons for their actions.

This fast-paced, intensive placement will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of waste and consumption problems and reflect on solutions. You will not only gain hands-on experience but also have the chance to learn from and work directly with the very knowledgeable and experienced OCS team.

Winter 2020

During the project, you will:

  1. Attend a workshop on waste management given by the OCS team.
  2. Conduct waste audits at different locations on campus (visual inspections of the waste and recyclables in a given building or area).
  3. Identify particular “hard-to-recycle” products (items people often don’t sort properly, such as milk cartons) that end up in the garbage instead of in the recycling bin.
  4. Verify and analyze data, upload results and campus waste profile information as well as identify methods and provide suggestions for reducing waste and encouraging the campus community to improve recycling habits.
  5. A short report will be produced at the end of the placement compiling data collected and recommendations.
Placement number Term Placement Title Date and Time Deadline to register
120 Winter 2020

Volunteer-
Alternative Student Break – Towards a zero-waste campus with the uOttawa Office of campus sustainability

Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21, 2020

9am to 4pm

February 12, 2020
121 Winter 2020

Team Leader-
Alternative Student Break -Towards a zero-waste campus with the uOttawa Office of campus sustainability

Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21, 2020

9am to 4pm

February 6, 2020

 

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