The Office of Sustainability celebrated its 10 year anniversary on Friday, October 21, at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. The party drew over a hundred campus partners including students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as special guests. Prior to the event, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment hosted a scavenger hunt that invited the campus community to explore the Center's cutting edge energy and environmental research, sustainability systems, gardens, green roofs, and collaborative spaces.
The party itself served as a demonstration of a sustainable event, featuring seasonal and sustainable food and hands-on Campus as Lab demos. Campus Dining served a delicious plant-forward menu, and highlighted the stories behind each menu item, including Sea2Table's White Perch fish, TreeLine's dairy-free nut-based cheese, and Vertically Local's hydroponic baby lettuce.
Displayed throughout the event were informational signs to encourage discussion about sustainability practices, and to provide ideas to help attendees green their next event. The EcoReps monitored the compost and recycling bins and wore signs prompting attendees to ask them questions about the sustainability practices at the event.
Several students involved in Campus as Lab projects exhibited their work. Featured were Princeton's Racing Electric's electric car, the CHAOS lab's solar picnic table, the Form Finding Lab's Rammed Earth, and the BEE Team.
President Eisgruber presented Founder’s Awards to those who were integral to founding of the Office of Sustainability. Awardees included Carl Ferenbach ’64; Burt Kertstetter ’66; Cathy Kunkel ’06; Jeff Domansky GS '10; and Tom Nyquist, Executive Director of Engineering and Campus Energy. The President also recognized the Office's founding director Shana Weber’s lasting contributions to the University.
Weber returned to the podium to present Sustainability Impact Awards to student leaders Hannah Kraus ‘17 and Jenna Spitzer ‘17; Professors Pablo Debenedetti, Emily Carter, Eldar Shafir, and Denise Mauzerall; Patrick Caddeau, the Dean of Forbes College; Kathy Hackett, Associate Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute; Sandy Moskovitz, Manager of the McGraw Center; and Sarah Bavuso, Sustainability Manager for Campus Dining.