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 January/February Newsletter * Volume 2 * Issue 2

MU's Tri Delta Chapter Introduces
New Sustainability Initiatives


From fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to participating in the MU Homecoming blood drive, Tri Delta has helped serve its members, campus and community in a variety of ways throughout its 104 of existence on campus. With the help of one Tri Delta member, their latest pillar of service now includes assisting in environmental sustainability. 

In the fall of 2019, Celestene Sebag, Tri Delta member and biological engineering student at MU, took her passion of helping resolve current sustainability issues to her sisters to see how they felt about aiding in her efforts. Their response was everything Sebag had hoped it would be.  

“At first I was nervous to ask about starting a Sustainability Committee, but I knew that it was something that needed to be done and that I could be the one to bring about change,” Sebag said. “Thankfully, Tri Delta has leadership that is so willing to change our organization for the better, and our president was so on board!”

First, Sebag and Tri Delta members worked together to create a sustainability committee to oversee such efforts. Currently there are four sustainability committee members, one member being Sebag, serving a little over 250 girls within the chapter’s house. As she explained, her goal was to bring about environmental awareness, while creating a community that is sustainable for future Tri Deltas and MU tigers alike. 

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New Years Resolution Guide for Being More Sustainable 

By Brock Andreasen 

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to incorporate sustainability into your life! There are a ton of great resolution ideas that are simple commitments with huge impacts on your overall sustainability. Instead of being basic with the same resolutions as everybody else (let’s be honest, we all quit those by March anyway), make a lasting goal that will make a real difference in the world! Check out these five resolution ideas below for ideas:

  • Give up single use plastics! Start with cutting out plastic beverage bottles and shopping bags, and get creative with it from there! Switching from plastic Ziploc bags to hard reusable plastic tupperware can also really cut down on single use plastic! If you need help getting started, you can come by the Sustainability Office and we can hook you up with a reusable water bottle for free!

  • Pick one day a week to change the way you commute. If you drive to class every day, pick one day a week to learn the bus schedule and try to take a shuttle! If no shuttle is available where you live, try and carpool with a friend near you. Chances are a more sustainable mode of transportation will also turn out to be a more convenient way of getting to and from campus!

  • Commit to a meatless diet one day a week! Eating lower on the food chain can be a serious struggle, but there are a ton of tasty alternatives. Get your roommates on board and have weekly cook-offs to see who can make the tastiest meatless dinner for the week! Loser does the dishes!

  • Pick a sustainable cause and try to volunteer at least ten hours a month. As college students, we are all more than strapped for time. That being said, one of the best ways we can help sustainable causes is by donating our time. There are a ton of great causes you can choose from here in Columbia. Going to the City of Columbia volunteer programs website can be a great place to start looking! Also contacting the City conservationist, Missouri River Relief, of the Missouri Department of Conservation can be great ways to learn about involvement opportunities! 

  • Commit to being more informed! One of the best ways to feel more involved is to learn about what challenges are present. Learning about the challenges facing sustainability can help you to make more accurate decisions about how you can help. Committing yourself to finding and fully researching one topic every month can be a fantastic way to motivate yourself to making sustainable decisions in your day-to-day life! Local issues can be found at the City of Columbia's website, Columbia Missourian, Columbia Tribune, Conservation Federation of Missouri’s website and like outlets! 

The key to a successful #NewYearNewMe is to pick something attainable and something you feel passionate about. If you find yourself struggling with your goal, come by the Sustainability Office on campus, and we will help to iron out specific changes you can make to attain your goal. A great way to keep with your goal is to get a friend to do it with you! Having a friend there to motivate you and keep you accountable can really boost the odds of keeping your resolution. 

And last but not least, be sure you share your triumphs in sustainability with us on social media! Use the hashtag #NewYearNewMe 

Upcoming Campus & Community Events

New Semester & New Sustainability Goals
Calls for Useful Campus Resources

Whether you’re a freshman or a second year grad student, departments and offices across the University of Missouri have a lot to offer you to keep you safe, sustainable, healthy and prepared for life. In honor of the new year and new semester goals, we’ve compiled a useful list of services offered on or near campus which can help you navigate the rest of the school year. By using the services nearby, it in turn reduces the amount you have to travel (further reducing your carbon footprint), helps you better understand your campus community, and it can also keep extra cash in your piggy bank this semester. 

Rent textbooks from MU Libraries
According to MU Libraries, while the teams do not automatically purchase textbooks for all classes available at the university, some textbooks are available for checkout and some textbooks are even on the Merlin/Mobius Catalog where they can be checked out from another college or university library in Missouri. This reduces the need to use more resources, create more textbooks and spend more money, if the book is already available for FREE check out. Visit for more information. 

Do not go hungry with help from MU Tiger Pantry and other MU partnerships
Each month more than 250 students, staff and faculty utilize MU’s Tiger Pantry, a pantry dedicated to fighting hunger on campus. Whether you need to gain a couple of extra dining hall swipes one week or you need to stock up on some extra fresh produce, nonperishable food items or personal hygiene items, Tiger Pantry has you covered. Additionally, the student volunteers who make up the Tiger Pantry staff are always looking for donations, leftover Tiger Swipes and future volunteers if you’d like to give back throughout the school year. Location, times and more information can be found at

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Recycling Right Goes A Long Way 

Did you know contamination is one of the leading issues with our recycling efforts nationwide? To ensure that it is vital that we each understand what is recyclable and what is not. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the recycling options below, refer to our Paws before You Toss handout and call our office if you have any further questions.

Sustainability-Focused Topics in the News

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall
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