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No Impact Challenge: Fall 2016

The Problem:
Our society is so heavily based upon production and consumption. Americans’ linear way of living, as opposed to a circular, cradle-to-cradle based system, generates massive amounts of waste: in fact, in 2013, we produced 254 million tons of trash! Many goods are made to be disposable after a short period of time, whether that is three years, five months, or two hours. Our goal is to reduce the amount of immediately disposable goods – such as coffee cups, plastic utensils, tissues, etc. – that we use in our day-to-day lives, and become more mindful of our individual impact on the environment.

The Solution:
Developing awareness and being more cognizant of this issue will have a large influence on what we’re purchasing and throwing away. We hope that making an effort to replace disposable goods with reusable, extended-use items, such as travel mugs and handkerchiefs, will help us reduce our individual waste.

The NO IMPACT CHALLENGE is a week-long waste-reduction competition for students, faculty, and staff at theUniversity of Michigan. Participants record the number of disposable goods they use each day and work to improve their individual actions as the challenge progresses. Those who use the fewest disposable items at the end of the challenge are the winners! We hope that participants will gain a greater awareness of their consumption and feel motivated to make changes to their daily lifestyle.    

After all, creating a bit of competition is the best way to get people motivated!

Logistics: 

  • Challenge dates: October 23rd – October 29th.
  • Those who are interested must sign-up using  this form by Friday, October 21st.
  • PitE Club will send out a Google form every evening for participants to individually record their points (1 disposable item = 1 point) using the items guide.
  • The challenge only works if participants are honest! Remember, it’s not only about winning, but also about reducing your environmental impact!

Items Guide (all items count as 1 point):

  • Plastic bags, paper bags
  • Disposable cutlery
  • Cups, bottles, cans
  • Food and drink accessories (i.e. coffee sleeve, stirrer, etc.)
  • Napkins, paper towels, tissues
  • Single use containers (i.e. yogurt cups, bag of chips, etc.)
  • Wrappers, packaging

FAQs:

Q: Should I count a point if I’m sharing a food item with a friend/family member/living companion?
A: Yes. You’re still consuming it!

Q: Do I count toilet paper, Q-tips, or dental floss as a point?
A: No, we consider those items to be necessities, and not easily replaceable by extended-use items.

Q: What if I am given a disposable item, but don’t use it, like napkins in my take-out?
A: That counts as a point! You can always ask for no napkins.

Q: What if I recycle the item after I use it, like a water bottle?
A: This counts as 1/2 point. The idea is to reduce consumption, so although recycling is a good way to dispose of waste, a better option is not buying the water bottle at all and using a reusable water bottle.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email Emily at embat@umich.edu!
Remember, the idea is to become more conscious of your waste. We understand that there are certain limitations due to the structure of our society, so don’t worry about the areas in which you feel like you can’t eliminate waste!

NI16


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2016 : UM- No Impact Challenge

The Problem:
Our society is so heavily based upon production and consumption. Americans’ linear way of living, as opposed to a circular, cradle-to-cradle based system, generates massive amounts of waste: in fact, in 2013, we produced 254 million tons of trash! Many goods are made to be disposable after a short period of time, whether that is three years, five months, or two hours. Our goal is to reduce the amount of immediately disposable goods – such as coffee cups, plastic utensils, tissues, etc. – that we use in our day-to-day lives, and become more mindful of our individual impact on the environment.

The Solution:
Developing awareness and being more cognizant of this issue will have a large influence on what we’re purchasing and throwing away. We hope that making an effort to replace disposable goods with reusable, extended-use items, such as travel mugs and handkerchiefs, will help us reduce our individual waste.

The NO IMPACT CHALLENGE is a two-week waste-reduction competition for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan. Participants record the number of disposable goods they use each day and work to improve their individual actions as the challenge progresses. Those who use the fewest disposable items at the end of the challenge are the winners! We hope that participants will gain a greater awareness of their consumption and feel motivated to make changes to their daily lifestyle.    

After all, creating a bit of competition is the best way to get humans motivated!

Logistics: 

  • Challenge dates: Monday Feb. 1st – Sunday Feb. 14th  .
  • Those who are interested must sign-up using this form by Sunday Jan. 31st .
  • PitE Club will send out a Google form every evening for participants to individually record their points (1 disposable item = 1 point) using the items guide.
  • The challenge only works if participants are honest! Remember, it’s not only about winning, but also about reducing your environmental impact!

Items Guide (all items count as 1 point):

  • Plastic bags, paper bags
  • Disposable cutlery
  • Cups, bottles, cans
  • Food and drink accessories (i.e. coffee sleeve, stirrer, etc.)
  • Napkins, paper towels
  • Single use containers (i.e. yogurt cups, bag of chips, etc.)
  • Wrappers, packaging
  • Tissues
  • Printing paper (each page = 1 point)

FAQ’s:

Q: Should I count a point if I’m sharing a food item with a friend/family member/living companion?
A: Yes. You’re still consuming it!

Q: Do I count toilet paper, Q-tips, or dental floss as a point?
A: No, we consider those items to be necessities, and not easily replaceable by extended-use items.

Q: What if I am given a disposable item, but don’t use it, like napkins in my take-out?
A: That counts as a point! You can always ask for no napkins.

Q: What if I recycle the item after I use it, like a water bottle?
A: This counts as 1/2 point. The idea is to reduce consumption, so although recycling is a good way to dispose of waste, a better option is not buying the water bottle at all and using a reusable water bottle.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email pite.clubboard@umich.edu!
Remember, the idea is to become more conscious of your waste. We understand that there are certain limitations due to the structure of our society, so don’t worry about the areas in which you feel like you can’t eliminate waste!


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PitE Club Class Chat

Wednesday, April 1
5:30pm
1040 Dana
Are you unsure of what courses to take next semester?
Come to PitE Club’s Class Chat event on April 1st at 5:30 pm in 1040 Dana, open to ALL students interested in taking Environ courses! The event is a casual discussion about classes you are interested in, with upperclassmen to answer your questions about the course load, the profs, and the difficulty of the exams.
Get advice on any and all classes you’re considering from students who have taken the classes and have first-hand experience with the material!
Snacks will be provided!


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park GIS Internship (Start Date June 2014)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2014 Internship

POSITION TITLE:

GIS Intern (4-7 Positions)

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT:

12 weeks STIPEND $125 per week + dorm housing included

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

GIS interns needed beginning June 2014 and lasting for 12 weeks for assistance with GIS data creation data management, and technology transfer.

Duties will include using ArcGIS Desktop software and Trimble GPS Equipment to create and manage new GIS data layers;

Coordinating with park staff to organize existing spatial data and create and document procedures for updating geo- spatial datasets;

Use of GIS to support GIS and database development in the following areas: Wildlife Management, Cultural Resources, Fisheries and Water Quality, Inventory and Monitoring, Climate, Remote Sensing;

Developing base-mapping programs for the continued collection and analysis of monitoring data. 

Must be able to hike in mountainous terrain in hot humid or inclement weather conditions carrying a daypack or backpack and other field equipment. Good fitting hiking boots and rainwear are important personal items to have prior to arrival. Stinging insects, poison ivy, slippery footing, and venomous snakes are known field hazards. Work schedule is 4/ten hour days 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, M-T

SKILLS NEEDED:

Some education or experience in geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography a must, specifically experience using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap/ArcCatalog). Experience with geodatabase formats is a plus, as is understanding of geodatabase tables. Applicant should have the ability to write and follow detailed technical information documents and be self-motivated and flexible. Valid state vehicle operator’s license desired. Documentation Required: Access to government computers requires the following: ability to pass Federal Computer Security Background Investigation; must be able and willing to complete background check application and return via registered mail; must provide own transportation and expense for purpose of obtaining a DOI Employee Identification Card.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send resume, 3 references, and copy of transcripts to: Thomas Colson, GIS Program Manager Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1316 Cherokee Orchard Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 @ thomas_colson@nps.gov