By Steve Flores
This has been one busy week, but I am so glad I was able to attend Ecochella. Biking at Ecochella was definitely a lot harder than I had anticipated. Five minutes in my legs felt like they were about to fall off. Nevertheless, it was cool joining forces with the Energy Team to power The Street Hearts. After riding, I thought of how amazing it is that a group of 10 or so bikes were able to generate enough energy to power up a stage. What made the event great was seeing the number of people there enjoying the event and also being informed about sustainability at the tables.
Now that I've had my little spiel about Ecochella, it is time to talk about what we have been doing in the hospital. We are continuing with the waste audit; we have 14 days of collection so far and we just got the "These come from trees," stickers so will be putting them up in bathrooms as soon as possible. Ragini has emailed staff encouraging them to take the stairs, so we will see if that has made any difference in our data from the occupancy sensor. Lastly, the education module had to be changed from a wix to wordpress. While wordpress is a little bit more difficult to use, we were still able to start up a website and now it is just a matter of adding the content. One step at a time my friends.
For me, the most interesting project has been the waste audit because we always have people asking us questions about what we are doing. I tell them the purpose of our project, and I see that they actually cut down on paper towel use in the bathrooms as a result. Maybe it is because I am there, or maybe it is because they actually want to be more sustainable. I am an optimist though, so I choose to believe the latter.