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   Date: 2/2/10 Bookmark and Share

This Week: Free 'Green' Items at the Campus Center

First it was solar panels on the roof. Then it was the installation of energy-saving power strips throughout the building.

Beth Eby ’11 and Rachel Prehodka-Spindel ’11 model free green items available at the Campus Center recycling station February 1-5. View an enlarged version of the poster.

Now the Campus Center is hosting a recycling station for students, February 1 through 5, to trade in energy-hungry incandescent light bulbs in exchange for low-wattage compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and pick up free recycled notepads and mini-desktop waste receptacles.

The Campus Center recycling station is open to all students, who can stop by the information desk between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. any day this week to exchange bulbs and pick up free “green” items. The mini bins, CFLs and notepads will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

The recycling station and other sustainability initiatives are part of the Campus Center Goes Green program, an ongoing list of initiatives to reduce the facility’s waste and consumption, recycle and re-use more materials, and manage its carbon footprint.

“Our commitment to supporting the college’s sustainability initiatives is essential,” said Matt Gawron, assistant director of the Campus Center. “The number of visitors frequenting the Campus Center daily makes it a perfect venue to educate students, staff and community guests and to create awareness of how we are creating a more sustainable facility. It’s important that we support our words with actions and take pride in making the Campus Center a little greener every day.”

Other steps in the Campus Center Goes Green program include:

  • a techno-recycling kiosk where students can turn in spent batteries, used CDs, empty inkjet cartridges, CFLs and small electronics.
  • a conversion from cloth banners (which eventually are thrown away) to recycled paper banners for promoting events and student activities.
  • Use throughout Campus Center offices of desktop waste receptacles (which reduce the use of plastic trash bags) and recycled paper notepads.
  • the configuration of public email stations to automatically power off when the facility closes and power on when it opens daily.
  • weekly recycling of flyers, which are made into small notepads or paper letters for use on student banners.
  • a conversion throughout the Campus Center from incandescent bulbs to energy-saving bulbs.

 

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