College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE facilities we have installed pulping units and similar technologies to use our organic materials in a biodigester that makes electricity and clean natural gas. We have also hired a local organics hauler to recycle food scraps from several other kitchens that pulpers did not make sense for." What Can Be Learned There is also interest in recycling efforts fully integrated into curricula and that enable students and other participants to really take ownership. As Hawkey adds, "We strive to…bring the campus into the classroom and the classroom to campus. These efforts help provide experiential learning opportunities and give students a chance to drive the change that they want to see." Those aspects are also important to Drexel University's comprehensive Drexel Green program, which commits the Philadelphia-based campus to green building standards and centers on student action, among many other things. Kyle Kephart, Drexel's director of Quality Services, Student Life & Administrative Services, puts it this way: "Drexel has provided everyone the opportunity to recycle, we have recognizable containers, we promote our program, we work with student groups to help us promote the program." There are marketing and advertising efforts on campus accordingly. Furthermore, efforts to raise such awareness should be made early and often. Kephart adds that Drexel officials are "developing a recycling video that we hope we can incorporate into our New Student Orientation Program and/or our A H E A D O F T H E C U RV E If You Can Build With It, You Can Recycle It Campuses going for green are also striving to get ahead of the construction waste curve. Deb Pereira, vice president, Gilbane Building Company, shared these tips with CP&M on ways to do just that: • Decide and commit to an aggressive construction recycling program early in the design and pre-construction process so trade contractor involvement can be planned and purchased appropriately. • Research all opportunities for recycling — soils, demolishing materials, new material scraps. There are many more uses for these wastes than most people realize. • Enlist the input of a waste management contractor — they are very focused on this and can serve as a good resource in the planning process. • Make reduction part of your overall waste reduction strategy. Construction recycling starts with purchasing planning. There are many materials and/or equipment that can be delivered to the site with less packaging. CPM 60 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 SAVE THE TREES. To promote the RePaper Campus Challenge, the College and University Recycling Coalition ( is partnering with the Environmental Paper Network. To help increase the recovery of paper across the U.S., colleges and universities are invited to join the Challenge by pledging to increase their paper recycling rate to at least 75 percent by 2015. New Student Days move-in programs. The video will provide insight into how our program works, what we do, and where the recycling goes." Broadly speaking, "20 years ago, recycling directors were defi ning recycling. Now, college students have grown up with curbside recycling," according to Cooley. It's a good starting point, and Cooley is encouraged that progress is being made, adding that: "campuses are becoming more sophisticated and strategic in fi nding ways to motivate students to be automatic recyclers." Lastly, it's not just about campuses alone. As the GrassRoots Recycling Network indicates, "as important community institutions, colleges and universities can serve as effective role models of how large organizations can reduce waste and conserve resources." In other words, the next green wave generated on campus could be surfed elsewhere as well. CPM Scott Berman is a freelance writer with experience in educational topics. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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