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Waste Awareness Week is a week-long sustainability event that specifically tackles the impact of waste mismanagement on the environment. The Renewable Energy Association at UCLA, along with a number of sustainability, environmental justice, food insecurity, and artistic organizations, are collaborating to create a number of events that:
1. Expose students to the gravity and scale of the global waste crisis
2. Discuss the various social, economic infrastructural and environmental causes and consequences of the crisis
3. Empowers students to make informed decisions and lifestyle changes that can mitigate this crisis.
The week will consist of a large variety of events that will appeal to all corners of our diverse campus. From interactive games, workshops and panels, to collaborative art shows, movie screenings and a gala dinner, Waste Awareness Week hopes to engage all students and push them to think more critically about their waste generation habits, the single-use culture and linear economic systems that enable them, and the out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality that blinds them to the true consequences of this global crisis. By collaborating with a large number of student groups, we also hope to plug UCLA students into the community of organizers who are working relentlessly on this issue, and tackling it from every possible facet. As the university approaches the deadline of our zero waste by 2020 goal, we hope that this event will be the final catalyst that empowers our community to meet this goal, and allows us all to live more sustainably at UCLA and beyond.
EVENTS OF THE WEEK:
MONDAY JAN. 14
Play World Waste Quiz and Decomposition Game on Bruin Walk from 10AM-4PM! Bring Your Own Cup for free coffee & cookies!
Learn about commonly found single-use disposables and easy alternatives!
Bring Your Own Cup for free coffee & cookies at the Kerckhoff Art Gallery from 6-9PM for the environmental justice photo exhibition and poetry night!
TUESDAY JAN. 15
Talk to Athens Services, a local, waste collection and recycling company in the greater Los Angeles community for the past 60 years to learn about how they divert resources from landfills through reuse, recycling, and composting. Stop by to talk to the UCLA Zero Waste Coordinator, Kikei Wong, to learn more about UCLA’s Zero Waste to landfill by 2020 initiative! Both representatives will be available on Bruin Plaza from 10AM-4PM.
Play the Waste Stream Game on Bruin Walk to learn about which materials can be diverted from landfill! BYOCup for free coffee!
WEDNESDAY JAN. 16
Prizes will be given out at the Waste Reduction and Awareness Workshops from 10AM-4PM at the Court of Sciences so stop by! Learn about ocean plastic pollution, alternatives to single use items, zero waste, sustainable brands & companies, packageless products, & sustainable shopping.
Unravel will also be hosting No More Trashion: How to Combat Textile Waste to discuss the environmental impact of the textile industry.
Trashed and STRAWS Movie Screenings at 7PM on The Hill! Trashed follows actor Jeremy Irons as he investigates the global scale and impact of humanity’s modern wasteful consumerism and pollution. It was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival where it had its premiere in 2012 and has won 8 awards. Watch the trailer here: www.trashedfilm.com/trailer/
STRAWS is a 32 minute documentary released Spring 2017 about the half a billion non-recyclable plastic straws that get used every day in the U.S., ending up in landfills and on streets and beaches. Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins narrates and turtle researchers, community activists and business owners discuss a sea of change happening, one straw at a time. Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/220521917
THURSDAY JAN. 17
Participate in the SWAP Meet from 10AM-5PM on Bruin Plaza to reduce your waste and carbon footprint in your shopping!
E3 (Ecology, Economy, Equity) will be hosting a DIY Day and
Unravel will be a hosting a clothing upcycling workshop from 10AM-5PM on Bruin Plaza!
Albatross Movie Screening at 7PM on The Hill! Albatross is a powerfully moving love story about birds on Midway Island in the Pacific whose bodies are filled with ocean plastic. This award-winning 97-minute film is offered as a free public artwork. Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/218502282
FRIDAY JAN. 18
Listen to representatives for LA Sanitation, Athens Services, Plastic Pollution Coalition, My Last Plastic Straw, and Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer in the Tennis Club House from 5-8PM. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the event! Appetizers will also be served.
Appreciate artwork made by UCLA artists and learn about waste awareness in Kerckhoff Art Gallery starting Monday at 6PM!
Check in at each event to be entered to win prizes at the end of the week!
Collect & Carry
See how much trash you produce by carrying your waste throughout the week!