With the help of Facilities and an outside beekeeper, a bee hive discovered near McCosh Hall was recently removed. The bees were removed alive and relocated by the Director of the Office of Sustainability, Shana Weber, who transported the bees to her home hives. Pictured are Drew Slimmer and John Castles of Facilities, enjoying the bee's sweet tasting, previous home. [Photo credit: our Office of Sustainability]
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Princeton University's Office of Sustainability, the hub that supports, monitors and connects initiatives across campus focused on cultivating positive global and local impacts in the environment.
Led by founding director Shana Weber, the office responds to global challenges through investigating the campus as a scalable, solutions-based demonstration site. The office mission is to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus by bridging academics, operations and campus life.
As Princeton University recently recast its motto from “in the nation’s service” to “in the nation’s service and the service of humanity,” Sustainability Office Founding Director Shana Weber noted that the University’s “focus on the ethos of service aligns perfectly with the objective of sustainability. It’s all part of the same desire for healthy systems for people and planets.”
A riddle: Which local entity finds 12,000 people working daily in its buildings and roaming its walks and roads? Which entity generates power from a fighter jet engine, has installed a large solar array, and calculates a self-imposed a carbon tax? Which entity first used steam heating in the 1860s, and still does, and is planning to reach 1990 emissions levels by 2020, and Net Zero emissions by 2050? And which calculates all energy innovations by their long-term financial costs and benefits but also through a sense of stewardship toward our environment?