Reducing, Re-using, Recycling: Green Culture Takes Hold Across Campus
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
From recycling in residence halls to the Campus’ first electric vehicle, C.W. Post is getting greener. Initiatives by students and the administration are trimming consumption of energy and natural resources as environmental awareness assumes an ever-higher profile in the campus culture.
Recycling is now fully implemented in the Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk residence halls. An environmental coordinator and four environmental assistants oversee the separation of paper, plastic and aluminum from the waste stream in 189 bins.
Meanwhile, an educational outreach program helps students understand the impact of their actions on the environment and the benefits of taking action.
“The environmental educator works to get the campus community thinking in a ‘green’ mode, advertising facts like how many trees you might be saving by recycling or how much fossil fuel you consume by leaving your computer on,” said Amy Urquhart, assistant provost for student affairs at C.W. Post.
At the end of the 2007-08 academic year, as students vacate the residence halls in the headlong dash to summer vacation, members of the C.W. Post Nutrition Club stepped up to collect items that would otherwise have been discarded and donate them to local service agencies. The “Put Your Junk in our Truck” effort found new uses for the books, clothing, furniture, small refrigerators, televisions and boom boxes that would otherwise have ended up in the trash.
The spirit of environmental stewardship is evident in C.W. Post’s dining facilities. Diners do without trays on Thursdays – and the result is less consumption of water, soap and energy from washing dirty trays. Reusable mugs and bags are available throughout the campus.
The green movement can be seen – but not heard! – on campus roadways, in the form of a new, all-electric Facilities Services vehicle manufactured by Miles Electric Vehicles of Santa Monica, Calif., whose cars and trucks also are used in the fleets of Stanford and Yale universities.
At commencement in May, for the third year, graduates were invited to take the Green and Gold Pledge of Social and Environmental Policy – a commitment to “be attentive to the social and environmental consequences of my actions and to improve these aspects in my home, work and community.”
For more information about Campus environmental efforts visit www.liu.edu/cwpost/environmental .
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