Cut the Waste – No more paper coffee cups!

Coffee-statistics.com tells us that Americans alone consume 400 million cups of coffee per day — that’s 146 billion cups of coffee per year!

What’s really disturbing is that the US Census tells us that the American population as of 2007 is 301,621,157. 400 million cups per day for 300 million people!

Now, just imagine how many of those drinks are poured into single-use disposable coffee cups. According to Starbucks, if 50 customers at each location used reusable mugs, we would save 150,000 cups per day, reducing waste by 1.7 million pounds of paper per year.

Doing your part is easy – just bring a thermos or a mug to the coffee shop with you. Yale STEP has made it even easier with their stylish new STEP Mug, available for only $5. Contact your college’s STEP coordinator for one now!

Apply Now – Summer ’08 Sustainability Exchange!

The Office of Sustainability is sending 2-3 students on a 6 to 8-week Sustainability Internship to the Australian National University or Oxford University this Summer!

Students will work closely with professionals at each of the universities to support the development and implementation of campus sustainability projects. Selected students will live in on-campus housing and work in the respective sustainability related offices for the duration of the program.

The internship is unpaid, but the hosting university will provide on-campus housing, and the Office of Sustainability will provide a $3,000  stipend for food and travel expenses.

Interested applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and 250-word essay describing how this opportunity fits into their studies.  Application deadline is Friday, February 29th, 2008!

Please send applications to Julie Newman at julie.newman@yale.edu .

For more information on this internship opportunity, click here.