5:20 p.m. Redstone Unlimited Dining Hall.
First-year environmental studies major Elizabeth Mackin, sophomore environmental science major Lucy McGrew, and sophomore environmental studies major Alysa Kelly (from left), manage a Weigh the Waste event. The idea? “We want students to realize that, even though they’re putting food in the compost bin, it’s still waste,” says McGrew. The three will weigh today’s edible compost later, but yesterday, students threw away 50 pounds of food in just two hours. Weigh the Waste aims to raise awareness so, in the future, students will start off with less food on their plates.
Written by Steph Haynes for Vermont Cynic
(Source: Eco-Reps Column on May 2, 2013)
Summer is lurking right around the corner and all that stands between UVM students and their freedom is finishing up finals and moving out of their dorms or off-campus apartments.
In the past, move out day has been a total disaster.
Couches left with mysterious stains on the Redstone green, moldy fridges dumped in dorm hallways and stacks upon stacks of ramen noodle packages abandoned in trash rooms are all too common images.
For the past few years, UVM Recycling has worked to help students figure out what to do with all the “junk” that just won’t fit into their parents cars come move-out day.
This week, students living on campus will see barrels set up in the lobbies of their dorms.
These will include clothing, blankets and linens, food and toiletries and household items.
There will also be “take it or leave it” areas outside of the dorms designated for larger items such as couches and mini fridges. Students can sort the stuff they aren’t taking home with them and leave them in the barrels or the designated areas.
Last year UVM recycled 10,000 pounds of “stuff” to local, charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Vermont Food Bank, COTS, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and ReSource Vermont, according to UVM Recycling
Students living off-campus can use the Spring Move Out Project—a collaborative effort by the City of Burlington, the University of Vermont, Chittenden Solid Waste District and many others that work to collect items for donation that students living down town are just throwing away.
The 2013 SMOP event will take place on Thursday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Loomis and Bradley Streets.
So, be responsible during move out this year and be mindful of your waste, because your trash might be another person’s treasure.
[from Vermont Cynic's November 17th issue] Steve Posner, sustainability fellow and Eco-Reps program director, believes student interaction and community participation are essential to promoting environmental sustainability at UVM. Read More.
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Created by Deb Perry, Coordinator, 2004-2006. Updated by Christina Erickson, Coordinator, 2006-2010.
Senior thesis research and written by Winter Heath '11.
presented by Debra Perry, former Eco-Reps Coordinator, to Environmental Council (now called Environmental Forum).
by Christina Erickson, former Eco-Reps Coordinator and Sustainability Fellow.