Residence Education

History of SEED

More than ten years ago, several students were frustrated that the only place to recycle paper in the residence halls was the outside dumpsters – which could be as far as 11 FLOORS DOWN! They created SEED during the 2002-2003 school year in an effort to get recycling bins on every floor of the residence halls. In January 2006, the group achieved its goal. The members were now faced with an important decision: declare “mission accomplished” and disband the group, or continue to capitalize on the momentum they had worked so hard to create?

Needless to say, those SEEDlings chose the latter course, continuing to undertake new tasks. While some of our activities are one-time events, one of SEED’s greatest hallmarks is a willingness to take on large, long-term projects. Being part of Housing & Food Services grants us a unique level of influence and collaboration, increasing the likelihood of success for such initiatives. Though these projects are more difficult and risky, the scale and permanence of the change they effect is well worth it.

Among our current large-scale projects are to restart a program to promote reusable tote bag usage at the District Market and at the Nook in McMahon Hall. We are always looking for new ideas and input from residents in our communities. Our organization’s name has proven prophetic: just as a small seed grows into a large and productive plant, what began with a few students and a simple goal has become a powerful organization working on many different fronts.

  • 2002

    SEED was founded by a small group of students who wanted to advocate for recycling bins on the floors.

  • 2003

    Recycling bins were placed on all floors!

  • 2009

    SEED & HFS worked with Coca-Cola, International Paper and Cedar Grove Composting to create the first compostable cold cup (in the world).

  • 2011

    SEED won the Husky Green Award, and HFS Program of the Year Award.

  • 2018

    SEED moved under the Specialist for Educational Partnerships & Programming and a new position, ARES, is established to advise SEED.

  • 2019

    SEED received a CSF grant for $40,000 to pilot reusable containers in dining facilities.