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C.W. Post Graduates to Wear Eco-Friendly Gowns at Commencement

Will be made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic; more than 34,000 plastic bottles diverted from landfills


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. - Graduates in the class of 2011 at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University will wear gowns made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic – enough to keep thousands of water bottles out of the waste stream.

Manufactured by Virginia-based Oak Hall Cap & Gown, the GreenWeaver gowns are made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. Indistinguishable in color, feel or fit from traditionally made polyester gowns, each of the eco-friendly gowns is made from about 23 plastic bottles. With an anticipated 1,500 students expected to participate in this year's commencement exercises, that's about 34,500 bottles that won't wind up in a landfill.

“College students and campuses are at the forefront of environmental conscience and green habits,” says Joseph D’Angelo, executive vice president of Oak Hall. “When we started seeing such campus trends as biodegradable utensils, we felt developing an environmentally friendly gown was the right thing to do for students, colleges and universities and our planet.”

Approximately 60 million plastic bottles are deposited in U.S. landfills every day.

"Commencement is a time when all eyes are on our campus. It's a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of environmental responsibility and reducing our impact on the planet," said Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of C.W. Post. “The use of eco-friendly gowns will mean less waste, and will symbolize this campus’ commitment to sustainability."

C.W. Post graduates have been making commitments to civic responsibility for several years. At commencement each May, students can volunteer to take the “Green and Gold Pledge” in which they vow to improve the social and environmental issues in their homes, jobs and communities. On commencement day, students wear green and gold ribbons that signify their dedication.

This summer, C.W. Post will present “Sustainability: Our World, Our Responsibility,” a suite of three-credit, environmentally themed courses open to college and high school students at significantly reduced tuition rates. A sampling of courses includes “Ancient Egypt: The Ultimate Sustainable Nation” with Dr. Bob Brier, world-renowned Egyptologist and senior research fellow; “The Business of Clean Technology” with Dr. Carol Boyer, assistant professor of finance, C.W. Post College of Management, and “The Human Artistic Experience in the Natural World” with Kerry Mackenzie, adjunct professor of art.

For more information on sustainability and environmental awareness at C.W. Post, visit

Posted 02/22/2011

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