Posted November 15, 2010 by Elizabeth Stringer 

Campuses Remind Students to Recycle Today

Today, I took a recycling pledge. I promised that I would tell five people I know that recycling is one of the easiest ways they can help reduce carbon emissions. I pledged to (continue) recycling all possible items I use, including batteries and cell phones. I promised to lead by example.

But I’m not the only one. More than 2,000 people have made that same pledge. Today is America Recycles Day, and around the United States, communities (including colleges) are taking the opportunity to spread information and recommit to recycling.

At Temple University, the Office of Sustainability is encouraging members of the campus community to sign a sustainability pledge and providing information on different recycling initiatives on campus. Additionally, the Students for Environmental Action are selling reusable canvas bags and have recycled art on display.

Members of Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRecycling went dumpster diving today. Twelve bags of trash from various buildings on campus were pulled for a waste audit. All recycled items found in the trash will be used in a sculpture contest and to educate the campus about recycling. Other events include an electronics recycling collection, food waste display, and a viewing of the film “Story of Bottled Water.”

The University of Tennessee is using America Recycles Day to kickoff a student design competition. From today until Dec. 20, students will be able to submit a design for the university’s new recycling truck. At today’s event, students are encouraged to come see the truck and answer trivia questions about recycling; those answering correctly receive a T-shirt.

These are just a few of the many campus-based events going on today and throughout the year to promote recycling and sustainability on campus.

Looking for a way to participate today? On the America Recycles Day website, you can find information on local events, take the recycling pledge like I did, and check out the America Recycles Day Challenge, which will take you beyond just recycling on a daily basis.

What did your institution do for America Recycles Day? What new sustainable programs or policies were recently implemented on your campus?

Elizabeth Stringer

Elizabeth Stringer is the Senior Manager of Marketing & Communication at ACUI.


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