April 25, 2014
Pacific Dugoni focused on sustainability this week as part of a university-wide effort to take steps towards a sustainable future. Each year, the dental school's Sustainability Committee holds a week of educational events, employee perks and giveaways to encourage the campus to lighten its environmental footprint.
On Tuesday, the two-wheeled Dugoni community was treated to free bike tune-ups by Mike's Bikes. Representatives from the Eco-Dentistry Association, based in Berkeley, gave a presentation on Thursday called "Green Dentistry is High-Tech Dentistry" to raise awareness about green dentistry among students, faculty and staff. Throughout the week, the Sustainability Committee gave away re-usable water bottles and other fun prizes to encourage the campus to reduce waste and increase efficiency. A communal "pledge board" provided a space for individuals to share plans for reducing their carbon footprint this year.
The Sustainability Committee is a group of faculty and staff volunteers committed to making the Dugoni School of Dentistry an environmentally-friendly organization. The school has taken a number of other steps towards lightening its environmental footprint including starting an active composting program, reducing plastics from the Café Cagnone waste stream, and launching a battery recycling program.
Since its founding, the university-wide "Sustaining Pacific" initiative has implemented recycling in all of its facilities, assisted in the creation of bicycle share programs at all three campuses, established Sustainability Month at the Stockton campus and Sustainability Week at Sacramento and San Francisco campuses, and much more.
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