We are so excited to have made Oakton’s annual Staff Day a near Zero Waste event! Over 300 Oakton staff gathered together on March 18 for a day filled with professional development, learning and networking opportunities. As part of the day, two meals and an ice cream sundae bar were provided. Together, the Staff Day Planning Committee and the Green Committee were able to reduce our impact and reduce waste in landfills by using all compostable serviceware and utensils for each of the meals at the Des Plaines campus. Bulk ingredients were used where possible and all beverage cans and food boxes were recycled. For a full day of service, only two small desk side waste containers were filled! This is one step to improving our sustainability efforts as a College.
In addition to being near Zero Waste, we also held a number of opportunities for staff to increase their sustainability through building tours of the new Lee Center, an interactive workshop on Sustainability Tips for Home and Work and informational booths on salvaging and re-purposing items around the house.