Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Caffeine Buzz Adopts Sustainable Practices

A Message from Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability

We all enjoy the first Friday of the month when we are able to attend Caffeine Buzz at the Collaborative Design Center (CDC), where the event is usually held. The Buzz helps us become more collaborative and innovative creative thinkers while we enjoy coffee and bagels. And the popular monthly program just got even better.

Thanks to the efforts of Katie Tagye, director, organizational design and development, and Rachel Mack, program support specialist, Caffeine Buzz will not only serve as an inspirational event, but it will do so with sustainability in mind.

Katie and Rachel have been working for several months on how to become more sustainable at the CDC. But, sometimes what may seem like a simple task can prove challenging.

Even something as seemingly simple as transitioning from disposable to reusable coffee cups has presented some hurdles.

Nonetheless, Rachel and Katie’s collaborative experience came in handy as they worked for several months with Plant Operations to solve hot water issues in their suite to get their existing dishwasher functional — an unforeseen challenge to becoming more sustainable at the CDC.

We applaud the CDC and Plant Operations teams for their long-term attention and patience to resolve this issue in time for Earth Day.

During the April Caffeine Buzz, the Collaborative Design team also unveiled logo mugs for the sustainability-themed event. This is a first big step toward more sustainable events and meetings in the future.

Katie and her team are also exploring possible alternatives and solutions to K-Cups and other single-use items, such as sugar packets. These small changes add up quickly when you consider scale. For example, enough K-Cups are thrown away in a year to wrap around the Earth almost 11 times.

With this in mind, you can also make small changes in your work area such as switching from styrofoam or plastic cups to paper or reusable ones; having more paperless meetings; avoiding single use water bottles; encouraging your team members to bring their own bottles to refill at our water stations around campus; managing your own office trash and recycling; or discontinuing the use of disposable cutlery and straws and bringing your own.

If you need support, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or 407-299-5000, extension 1830.

1 Comment

  • Brian Macon said:

    Great tips and suggestions!!! Thank you for sharing! Doesn’t seem like much to eliminate single use items like water bottles, but it all adds up!

    PMWed, 03 May 2017 19:03:48 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 19:03:48 +0000pm17,7:03 pm

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