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Title: Healthy Planet, Healthy People


1
Healthy Planet, Healthy People
  • Ilda T. Hershey
  • OSU Sustainability Coordinator

2
Overview
  • What is Sustainability?
  • What does a healthy planet provide for us humans?
  • How do some negative impacts on the environment
    affect our own health?
  • How can we do better?
  • What is OSU doing?
  • What can you do?

3
Sustainability
  • What is sustainability?
  • sustain ability

4
Sustainability
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting the needs of the present without
    compromising the ability of future generations to
    meet their own needs
  • Sustainability Good Stewardship
  • Environment
  • Economy
  • Society

5
Sustainability
  • Tenets of Sustainability
  • All things on Earth are connected
  • Web of life actions have consequences
  • Its better to live off natures income, not its
    capital
  • Renewable energy conservation recycling
  • There is no waste in nature
  • Design for the Environment (DfE) Lean
    Production
  • Defining best processing manufacturing
    practices
  • Reducing toxins waste
  • Circular Production Cradle to Cradle Design
  • Considers entire life cycle (LCA)

6
Healthy Planet
  • Why do we care?
  • Whats in it for us?

7
The Earth Provides
  • We depend on ecosystem services for basic human
    needs
  • Oxygen
  • Fresh water
  • Food
  • Materials for shelter
  • Protection from storms
  • Biodiversity provides
  • Medicinal properties
  • Healthy soils
  • Pest control
  • Pollination seed dispersal
  • Sustainable designs based on Biomimicry
  • Nature doesnt need people. People need nature.

8
Negative Impacts
  • Single-Use Plastics
  • How can we do better?
  • What is OSU doing?
  • Food as a Product
  • How can we do better?
  • What is OSU doing?
  • Air Pollution
  • How can we do better?
  • What is OSU doing?

9
Single-Use Plastics
  • Plastic is Fantastic
  • Used in a wide range of industries
  • Has changed history
  • 50 single-use (disposable)
  • What are most plastics made of?
  • Petroleum products plus added chemicals
  • 8 world oil production
  • Techno-nutrient or Bio-nutrient?
  • Plastic makes bad garbage
  • "Good garbage breaks down as it goes
  • bad garbage grows and grows and grows Tom
    Chapin, songwriter
  • MSW 13 (32M tons) Volume? Mostly containers
    packaging
  • As a techno-nutrient it could be recovered for
    remanufacture
  • Only about 9 is recycled must be clean and
    numbered

10
Plastic Pollution
  • Pollution of waterways and oceans 20/80
  • All watersheds drain to oceans
  • When discarded plastic enters the environment it
    is harmful to wildlife and people
  • Entanglement - Once entangled, animals have
    trouble eating, breathing or swimming
  • Ingestion Floating plastic looks like food
  • Can damage the digestive system or make animal
    feel full
  • Toxicity Floating plastic is like a sponge for
    attracting pollutants
  • Toxins, like mercury, PCBs and other dioxins
    easily attach to plastics
  • When ingested by marine animals other wildlife
  • Can injure or poison them, or cause birth defects
  • Can transfer through the food chain and become
    more concentrated
  • Humans (esp. children exp. mothers) should
    limit consumption of predatory fish

11
Single-Use Plastics
  • Direct Affect on Human Health
  • Chemicals added to plastics during manufacturing
    are absorbed by human bodies - carcinogens
    endocrine disruptors
  • Bisphenol-A (BPA) Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
    (DEHP) Styrene Benzene
  • Microwave, wash reuse disposable plastics?
  • Not single-use plastics! FDA says okay if labeled
    microwave safe
  • Heat, UV light, fatty or oily foods cause the
    chemicals to leach out
  • Tiny cracks harbor bacteria, which thrive, even
    after washing
  • Styrofoam
  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Very porous. Do not heat leftovers!
  • The Poison is in the Dose
  • Children are especially vulnerable

12
Single-Use Plastics
  • How can we do better?
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order!)
  • Use durables (glass, metal, ceramic) instead of
    disposables
  • Start with your coffee cup water bottle (wash
    vs. trash)
  • Start with children
  • Avoid individual serving packets
  • Select items with minimal packaging
  • Use durable shopping bags
  • Buy recycled content
  • Bring a waste-free lunch
  • Rethink

13
What is OSU Doing?
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Retrofits or new fountains with refill taps
  • Reduction of plastic bottles counter
  • Green Student Initiative
  • Reduce Reuse Programs
  • Move-out Collections
  • Real Pokes Pass It On
  • FGSH Yard Sale
  • Textbook buybacks donations
  • OSU Surplus Salvage
  • Dining Services
  • Biodegradable disposables
  • Less Styrofoam
  • Reusable cups/mugs/bags

14
What is OSU Doing?
  • Paper Cardboard
  • Mixed paper
  • Shredded paper in bags
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Containers
  • Plastic bottles (1 PET)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Single-stream for living quarters
  • Move-In Recycling Program

15
Food Agriculture
  • Agriculture has a huge impact on the health of
    the environment (and our own health).

What we eat and how much has a huge impact on our
own health (and the health of the environment).
16
Food Sustainability
  •  What can we do? Dont freak out
  • Eat food, not too much, mostly plants - Michael
    Pollan, Author
  • Eat Real Foods (foods)
  • Processed as little as possible minimal
    artificial substances additives
  • Grown in healthy soil focus of Organic or
    Sustainable farming
  • John Kris Gosney, Aug. Wellness Wednesday,
    Organic Farming
  • Healthy soil makes healthy plants makes healthy
    food makes healthy people
  • Not too much
  • Choose quality over quantity
  • Pay more, buy less
  • Mostly Plants
  • Eat lower on the food chain
  • Better for our health ecosystem health
  • Support local farmers/ranchers
  • Always offer fruits/vegetables (Healthy Meetings
    Toolkit)

17
What is OSU Doing?
  • University Dining Services
  • Offering more Local, Organic, Vegetarian Food
    Options
  • Farm Fresh Program
  • Made in Oklahoma Program
  • Red Earth Kitchen
  • Eliminated all frying oil containing trans-fat
  • Conduct Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programs
  • Choose Orange - identifies healthier items
  • Healthy Cooking - free demonstrations/classes
    geared toward students
  • Promotes Fair Trade Rainforest Alliance
    products
  • Organize OSU Farmers Market each fall

18
Air Pollution
  • Fossil Fuels Building blocks of our modern,
    industrial society
  • High levels of pollution respiratory illnesses

19
Air Pollution
  • What can we do?
  • Conserve Energy
  • Turn off lights electronics when not in use
  • Dress for the weather
  • Consider energy efficiency of new purchases
  • Support Renewable Cleaner Energy Sources
  • Choose alternative transportation when possible
    walk, bicycle, carpool, bus
  • Generates less pollution
  • Gets us moving

20
What is OSU Doing?
  • Energy Management Program
  • Energy Conservation Guidelines established August
    2007
  • HVAC including Seasonal Set Points
  • Lighting, Electronics, Water
  • OSU Energy Policy
  • The Board of Regents expects all personnel at
    each campus to make a positive contribution to
    maximize energy conservation and produce real
    energy savings
  • Over 32M saved system-wide through behavior
    change

21
What is OSU Doing?
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Geothermal
  • Solar

22
What is OSU Doing?
  • Transportation
  • The Bus - Mass Transit
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  • Carpool Benefits
  • Orange Ride Bike Rental/Repair
  • OSU Named Bike-Friendly University

23
OSU and YOU
  • OSU is helping us..
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Eat healthier
  • Conserve energy
  • What do you do?...

24
What can you do?
  • Continue to support what OSU is doing
  • Bring awareness to sustainability
  • Create a Green Team
  • Set an example by Walking the Talk
  • Ask for group presentations/tours
  • Visit OSU Sustainability website follow us
  • Participate in Sustainability in the Workplace
  • HR Training 2-hour workshop Feb. 4th
  • Take action to 1) protect your familys quality
    of life today, and 2) leave a legacy of good
    health prosperity for your grandchildren

25
Overview
  • Sustainability
  • Website http//sustainability.okstate.edu
  • Email sustainability_at_okstate.edu
  • Utilities and Energy Management
  • Website http//utilities.okstate.edu
  • Email energy_at_okstate.edu
  • Recycling
  • Website physicalplant.okstate.edu/osurecycles
  • Email recycle_at_okstate.edu
  • Follow Us
  • Facebook www.facebook.com/osuenergy
  • Twitter/Instagram/Vine OSUgreen

26
Overview
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Questions?
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Oklahoma State University Sustainability
and Energy Management
27
Handout
  • What is Sustainability?
  • Environmental Protection Agency Sustainability
    homepage www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm
  • The Association for the Advancement of
    Sustainability in Higher Education (use your
    okstate.edu email address to access members-only
    resources from the website) www.aashe.org
  • McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, Cradle to
    Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things
    www.mbdc.com/cradle-to-cradle/c2c-framework
  • Whats in it for us?
  • Land Stewardship Centre www.landstewardship.org/e
    cological-goods-and-services
  • National Wildlife Federation What is
    Biodiversity? www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Conser
    vation/Biodiversity.aspx
  • Biomimicry Institute http//biomimicry.org/what-i
    s-biomimicry

28
Handout
  • Single-Use Plastics
  • Scientific American, Plastic not-so-fantastic
    How the Versatile Material Harms the Environment
    and Human Health www.scientificamerican.com/art
    icle/plastic-not-so-fantastic
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
    What we know about plastic Marine Debris
    http//marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/G
    en_Plastic-hi_9-20-11_1.pdf
  • Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy, Smart
    Plastics Guide Healthier Food Uses of Plastics
    www.iatp.org/files/421_2_102202.pdf
  • Food Products
  • Understanding Whole Foods Physicians Committee
    for Responsible Medicine www.nutritionmd.org/nutr
    ition_tips/nutrition_tips_understand_foods/whole_a
    dvantages.html
  • The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
    Poteau, OK www.kerrcenter.com
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
    Health Environmental Implications of U.S. Meat
    Consumption Production www.jhsph.edu/research/c
    enters-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-l
    ivable-future/projects/meatless_monday/resources/m
    eat_consumption.html
  • National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
    Healthy Meeting Toolkit http//cspinet.org/nutr
    itionpolicy/Healthy-Meeting-Toolkit.pdf

29
Handout
  • Air Pollution
  • Scientific American, The Human Cost of Energy
    The Health Burden of Fossil Fuels
    www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-human-cost-
    of-energy
  • World Health Association, 7 million premature
    deaths annually linked to air pollution
    www.who.int/mediacentre/nes/releases/2014/air-poll
    ution/en
  • National Institute of Environmental Health
    Sciences, Air Pollution www.niehs.nih.gov/resea
    rch/supported/exposure/air_pollution/index.cfm
  •  
  • OSU Sustainability
  • General information http//sustainability.okstate
    .edu and http//energy.okstate.edu
  • Emails sustainability_at_okstate.edu
    energy_at_okstate.edu recycle_at_okstate.edu
  • Facebook www.facebook.com/osuenergy
    Twitter/Instagram/Vine OSUgreen
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