Sustainability Fellow: Bixie in Göttingen, Germany

Profile view of BixieMx. Bixie Eutsler is a writer, filmmaker, and all around creative type. They're currently studying gender and feminist theory in the picturesque University town of Göttingen, Germany but will be returning to Amherst in the fall of 2019 to complete their SWAGS and German majors. For their role as a Global Sustainability Fellow they hope to learn more about Germany's complex trash and recycling systems in the hope that similar concepts can be applied to Amherst.

Bixie’s Posts

  • Intro: Mülltrennung, Waste and Recycling System in Germany

    Intro: Mülltrennung, Waste and Recycling System in Germany

    Hello! I’m Bixie Eutsler, a third year Amherst student! I’m majoring in SWAGS and German, but I’m interested in a wide variety of topics including film and environmental protection. I am spending this school year abroad at Göttingen University in Germany. Amherst has a very interesting partnership with Göttingen in which every year two to four Amherst students study here. In return, two or more Göttingen students come to Amherst and act as our German language assistants. They also run …
  • Waste Management in Germany: How Do People Know Where Everything Goes?

    Waste Management in Germany: How Do People Know Where Everything Goes?

    It’s an average evening. My partner and I have finished our dinner. He washes the dishes while I clean the table and eventually make my way down the three flights of stairs from my apartment to empty our trash cans. There are four cans and it takes me two trips to complete the task. First, I take the compostable bio-trash in its paper bag, and the “yellow-sack” recycling which consists of plastic and aluminum foil packaging. As I dump out …
  • A Brief History of Waste Management in Germany

    A Brief History of Waste Management in Germany

    Attempting to write a singular history of waste management in Germany is a flawed pursuit, as is any attempt to vie Germany’s history as just one story. A brief overview for those of you less familiar with German history: following World War II, Germany was split into two separate countries, the German Democratic Republic (eastern Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (western Germany). Waste management developed differently in the two countries due predominantly to their economic differences. For the …
  • My Carbon Footprint & Suggestions for Amherst

    My Carbon Footprint & Suggestions for Amherst

    My Personal Carbon Footprint Personal efforts aren’t the end-all and be-all of environmental protection. Rather, much of the work needs to be done on a societal and systemic level. Still, there are many things that consumers can do every day to be a bit more environmentally friendly. To evaluate my environmental habits both in the US and Germany, I used a Germany-based footprint calculator suggested to me by a German resident. This calculator measures one’s impact on the environment in …

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