The transition to an all-virtual environment in the summer of 2020 has provided the opportunity to record some of the events we have hosted online. We have compiled the recordings here for those who weren’t able to attend, or just wish to get a refresher.

Story of Plastic

“The Story of Plastic” is a powerful documentary exposing how the plastic industry is harming ecosystems and communities. WashU alum Deia Schlosberg, who directed “The Story of Plastic,” joined us for a lively panel discussion about issues and solutions surrounding plastic production, consumption, and pollution.

In addition to Deia, panelists included Jenny Wendt, the Plastic Waste Reduction Manager for Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, Cassie Hage, the Assistant Director of Sustainability at WashU and Andrew Watling, the Associate Director for Dining Operations at WashU.

This event was co-sponsored by Dining Services.

Story of Plastic panel discussion recording

Go Green for the Red: A Panel on Reusable Period Products

Go Green for the Red aims to educate menstruators in the WashU community on sustainable period products and menstrual health, while also working to alleviate period poverty on campus by providing information about and access to affordable reusable period products.

Panelists included Laurel Segrist (St. Louis Diaper Bank & The Alliance for Period Supplies); Dr. Lewis Wall (Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and co-founder of Dignity Period); Guhar Goyal (youth activist in Bangalore, India, including youth ambassador for the Sustainable Menstruation campaign in her city); and Ranen Miao, Student Union President at WashU and advocate for universal access to menstrual products on campus).

Go Green for the Red event recording

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is meant to provide simple and accessible tips to increase sustainability in our daily lives. We will present programs and resources available to the WashU community to reduce our carbon footprint, while often saving money and improving our health and our community’s.

Session 1: Waste – Hosted on September 17, 2020

The first of this series focuses on everything waste. Learn how to reduce waste, divert waste, and sort waste!

NOTE: the speaker of this session experienced some unstable connection during the event, so we apologize for the poor sound quality of the recording.

If you would like to request a similar LIVE presentation for your department or group, please reach out to Cassie Hage at cassandra.hage@wustl.edu.

Session 2: Food – Hosted on September 24, 2020

Learn how to make informed food choices, from grocery shopping and meal planning, to cooking and food waste management.

If you would like to request a similar LIVE presentation for your department or group, please reach out to Clara Steyer at clarasteyer@wustl.edu.

Session 3: Energy – Hosted on October 1, 2020

Learn how to bring energy efficiency at home. From thermostats to laundry practices, we go over the content of the Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Living Guide.

If you would like to request a similar LIVE presentation for your department or group, please reach out to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@wustl.edu.

Session 4: Virtual Campus Tour – Hosted on October 9, 2020

Virtual tour of the Danforth Campus showcasing the sustainability features of our natural and built environment.

If you would like to request a similar LIVE presentation for your department or group, please reach out to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@wustl.edu.

Session 5: Alternative Transportation – Hosted on October 15, 2020

In this session, Alternative Transportation Coordinator Becca Gilberg will go over the plethora of options to travel sustainably on campus and in the St. Louis area.

If you would like to request a similar LIVE presentation for your department or group, please reach out to Becca Gilberg at rgilberg@wustl.edu.

First Year Students Welcome Webinar

As part of the 2020 Summer Engagement Series, we hosted a webinar during which we took incoming students on a virtual tour of campus!

Virtual Campus Tour video

St. Louis EcoUrban Assessment

The St. Louis EcoUrban Assessment is a tool by The Nature Conservancy in Missouri (TNC) that both analyzes environmental hazards in the St. Louis region and lifts up the work of community networks, place-based organizations, and other anchor institutions working to ameliorate those risks. An ArcGIS StoryMap tells a narrative of environmental challenges, the communities most burdened by them, and the projects by community organizations that can serve as models for use of the tool in the future. An interactive map component accompanying the StoryMap allows users to choose specific environmental factors and community assets to map and view.

EES associate Julia Feller built out the tool with TNC, and she presents prior to its publication in August of 2021. She presents alongside Rebecca Weaver, Cities Program Manager at TNC.

The Nature Conservancy EcoUrban Assessment Presentation – Recording