Fredonia's Sustainable University

Organic Eating: Made Easy April 19, 2010

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Stephanie Wright

Going Green is all about helping the Earth, and while we are thinking of new ways to preserve the world, we also have a chance to think of new ways to help ourselves. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what we put into this Earth. I chose this topic because I had made it a New Year’s resolution of mine to eat healthier. Going into this project I had questions and concerns about whether or not organic food was actually healthier than other foods, and why it was more expensive.

  • I learned that organic food is more about the process of how it was made rather than the product.
  • There are only 4 countries where the Organic Food Industry is regulated: United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
  • Up until the beginning of the 20th Century, all foods were known as organic.

Q: What is Organic Food?

A: It is food produced by farmers who use methods aimed at minimizing the amount of pollution from the air, soil and water.

There are specific guidelines that farmers have to follow in order for their food to carry a label stating that it is ‘USDA Certified Organic’. I have provided a cookbook, that contains a full course of recipes, to show that it is easy to start living a sustainable life.

Project: sustainability

Sources Cited:

Knorr, Dietrich. Sustainable Food Systems. Westport, Conn., AVI Publishing Company, 1983. Print.

Canavari, Maurizio, and Kent D. Olson. Organic Food Consumers’ Choices and Farmers’ Opportunities. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2007. Print.


USDA: Alternative farming Systems

The New Ecologist


Fragile Food

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By Su Yin Chan

Food is one of my favorite things in life. I think that food is one of the greatest wishes of any human being who does not have the luxury of eating regularly.There are so many people out there in the world who go on for days without food and we privileged individuals,who get to choose what and when we eat,are ignorant in realizing how valuable food is to us. Through this environmental project, I am trying to create awareness concerning this global issue; food wastage. My research work was mainly from the internet and very little from library resources since the food wastage issue only started receiving media attention less than a decade ago. My presentation centered around how and why food wastage affects us and ways we can reduce food wastage in our daily lives. This issue needs to be addressed effectively because it is indirectly connected to the three important things which affect one’s life: the economy,one’s well-being and the environment. The environment suffers most in the scenario; the earth’s resources are unevenly distributed and are getting used up while the decomposition of food produces greenhouse gases,which causes the earth’s temperature to rise leading to global warming. I chose to do my presentation in the form of a speech because I needed to articulate my particular concern for this issue. This is what I wanted to accomplish in choosing this topic: evoking the emotion in others to realize how precious food is and sharing ideas on how they can reduce food wastage.

Project: Su Yin’s speech on food wastage



video: The true cost of food

Green Living tips

Love Food,Hate Waste

The impact of domestic food waste on climate change

Food waste and climate change

How to reduce food waste


Easy Meatless Recipies for Greener Eating

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Danielle Shelp and Nicole Daley

We choose vegetarianism as our topic because neither of us  eat meat having both been a vegetarian and a vegan for many years. We believe that not only is it beneficial to the animals to substain from meat but it’s beneficial to our health and the environment. We researched how being a vegetarian contributes to the green movement and discovered that it is actaully one of the number one ways you can help save  the environment. Giving up meat makes the biggest impact when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, and many people are not  aware of this fact. We choose to write a cookbook because it’s an easy way to show people how it’s not hard to make meatless meals. We hoped it would inspire even meat lovers to consider trying these delicious recipies instead of meat filled meals once in a while. Not everyone is going to be a vegetarian but even skipping a few meaty meals is beneficial to the environment. we hope to spread the word of our cookbook via the internet and our informative presentation. printing out many copies of our book is not sustainable so we hope people can use the webpage to create our recipies.

Project: easy meatless recipes for greener eating


Reducing the Consumption of Meat Will Help Lessen Hunger

Reducing Meat Consumption Will Help Conserve the Environment

Milk Sucks!

choose veg

Happy cow

the veggietable

veg cooking


Sustainable Coffee

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Mark Sonner

I chose this topic because coffee is one of my favorite beverages.  Along with many of my peers, I often rely on coffee for late night studying and staying focused in early morning classes.  When I began to research coffee production, my main concern was about the economic welfare of the small-scale farmers.  However, I quickly realized that there are just as many environmental problems too.  Because of this, I broadened my topic to include environmental sustainability.

Being a business administration major here at Fredonia, economics interests me a lot.  It was interesting to learn about a market with such volatility.  I chose to put my project into a PowerPoint because I felt it would be a clear and professional way to engage the audience in ways a written speech could not.  I kept the sentences small and relatively simple.  Along with every slide is a section of notes.  These notes contain the bulk of my research, and are more detailed than the individual slides.

My main concern about coffee production is that it is less recognized of an issue.  Many people, including myself, buy coffee each morning and don’t think about it’s environmental and economic impact.  My main goal was to enlighten the community to hopefully be more conscientious when purchasing coffee in the future.  Whether people take time to read the notes section or not, I feel they can still get a great sense for the issues, both economic and environmental that we face with coffee consumption.  The audience reading this can get a clear understanding on how to contribute in order to make coffee a sustainable product for the future.

Project: Sustainable Coffee PowerPoint


Geographic Journal.   Vol. 174   No. 3 September 2008 pp. 223-234. Context and Contingency: The coffee crisis for conventional small-scale farmers in Brazil.

Globalization.  Vol 5. Issue 2, p. 231-245.  A Niche for Sustainability? Fair Labor and Environmentally Sound Practices in the Specialty Coffee Industry.

Environmental Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Shade-grown coffee and cacao. Angela Woodward. Ed. Marci Bortman, Peter Brimblecombe and Mary Ann Cunningham.

Globalization. June 2008, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 247–258.  Linking Consumers to Sustainability: Incorporating Science into Eco-friendly Certification.

CoffeeResearch.org (Marketing)



CoffeeResearch.org (Fair Trade Coffee)





Going Green At Sporting Events

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Michael Holt, Matthew Schroen

We’ve discovered a lot of ideas on how to make sporting events greener.  These include encouraging use of public transportation, powering events with renewable energy, using recycled, recyclable, and compostable materials for food and drinks, improving waste management, greening team travel, and reducing water and chemical usage.  There are a lot of readily achievable changes that can be made here in the community, including increasing incentives to use public transportation and putting recycling bins next to every trash can.  We also want to raise public awareness for the Go Green initiative by having special promotions at events.  Our intended audience for this project is the athletic department here at SUNY Fredonia, as well as everyone in the community who attends the sporting events here.

Project: Going Green in Sporting Events

Go Green Notes


Sports Events Go Green

NY Times

Rogers, Elizabeth. The green book : the everyday guide to saving the planet one simple step at a time.


Sports Events Magazine


Why Recycle Electronics? April 17, 2010

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By: Stacy Anagnostopoulos

-In the past, I used to always throw out any of my old electronics. I did not realize what a major disservice I was doing to the environment. This is why I decided to research different ways of recycling old electronics.

– I was interested to learn about what programs were available for recycling electronics. I learned that Dell customers have the option of bringing their old computer, printer, monitor and other electrical devices to any of the 1,500 Staples store located in the United States to be recycled for free. For anyone wants to recycle an electronic of another brand besides Dell, there is a $10 per piece recycling fee. Another option for Dell consumers is to have FedEx come and pick up your used electronics at your own home for no charge. Another option is to donate your used computers to the National Christina Foundation. Dell has also partnered with the National Christina Foundation (NCF). The organization accepts used computers dropped off at any local NCF location. The NCF provides computers to non profit organizations and school all over the United States.

-Most people do not realize how important it is to recycle their old electronics. The responsible way of getting rid of your old computers, cell phones, IPods and other electronics is by recycling or donating them. With my project I was able to advertise a yearly program run by SUNY Fredonia. This event is an Electronic Recycling Day happening during Earth Week. This is a great opportunity for members of the Fredonia community to get involved with recycling.

-For the format of my project I decided to do a Powerpoint. I felt that this would be the best way for me to reach a wide range of people. With a Powerpoint, I was able to present my information in an interesting way by using visuals to gain the audience’s attention.

-Another way I could distribute this project would be to create posters advertising ways to recycle old electronics. This would help inform students and faculty on campus what a major concern this is.


Notes for my slides

Powerpoint Presentation


Recycle Electronic Waste

Electronics Recycling Event in Fredonia

How to Recycle Used Electronics

Apple Recycling Program in the US and Canada

Recycling More Obscure Materials

New York Times Article on Electronics Industry Sues to Block Recycling Law