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Dugoni School of Dentistry Shines Spotlight on Sustainability

March  26, 2010

From March 25 through April 23, sustainability will be a featured topic throughout the University of the Pacific, including at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. In a series of programs and events culminating on Earth Day, the Sustainability Month initiative looks to highlight ways to create a greener and more sustainable world.

During this month-long focus on Pacific's campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, the University will also share details about what Pacific is doing to lighten its environmental impact and provide some suggestions on what students, faculty and staff can do to save energy and reduce waste. The goal of Sustainability Month is to heighten awareness of environmentally friendly practices and begin to develop within the Pacific community an understanding of the complex interrelationships between environmental, economic and social justice concerns.

During the coming weeks, the dental school will host events including Renewable Resources recycling training, a presentation on the San Francisco Zero Waste Initiative from the city's Green Business Program, trivia contests featuring "eco-prizes" and a guest presentation entitled "The Case for Green Dentistry" from the Eco-Dentistry Association on Earth Day (April 22).

Sustainability will continue beyond the month, as the Dugoni School of Dentistry is rolling out an active composting program. To promote recycling, trash cans under staff desks are being replaced with recycling containers with smaller waste receptacles attached. The school will be placing new recycling bins throughout the building to ensure that recyclable materials are indeed being recycled. Additionally, the school's in-house restaurant, Café Cagnone, is completely eliminating plastics from its waste stream, replacing them with compostable items.

For more information on sustainability efforts by University of the Pacific, visit http://web.pacific.edu/x29332.xml

Category Type: General, Special Events, University

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu