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Recycling and Sustainability at UNCG. Rachel Grant Environmental Education Coordinator Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling (OWRR). The OWRR: Who are we?. Recycling and Sustainability Manager: Jenny Paige Environmental Education Coordinator: Rachel Grant Operations Supervisor: Ben Kunka

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Recycling and sustainability at uncg

Recycling and Sustainability at UNCG

Rachel Grant

Environmental Education Coordinator

Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling (OWRR)


The owrr who are we
The OWRR: Who are we?

  • Recycling and Sustainability Manager: Jenny Paige

  • Environmental Education Coordinator: Rachel Grant

  • Operations Supervisor: Ben Kunka

  • 4 Recycling Crew Members: Vince, Joe, Skip, Carlo

  • Student Interns: Lynwood, Tom, Brittany, McKenzie


Environmental education

Presentations

Events

Publications

Marketing

Coordinate Volunteers & Interns

Training

Develop/Manage Programs

Environmental Education


Campus events

Green Games

Landfill on the Lawn

Earth Day

Cram & Scram

Minor Events

Wetlands Day

World Ozone Day

Alternative Transportation Day

Beautification Day

World Wildlife Day

Campus Sustainability Day

America Recycles Day

Go Organic!

Invasive Species Day

World Food Day

Campus Events



The brundtland report our common future
The Brundtland Report (Our Common Future)

  • “Sustainable Development… meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

  • Focused on 3 components:

    • Environmental maintenance

    • Economic growth

    • Social equity


2003 sustainability assessment

A framework & systematic approach

A baseline for measuring progress

A holistic view of campus

An educational & community relations tool

2003: Sustainability Assessment

http://www.uncg.edu/rcy/Assets/Images/Assess.pdf


Indicators
Indicators

  • Energy & Air Pollution

  • Water

  • Land Use

  • Waste and Recycling

  • Health & Safety

  • Academics & Culture

  • Purchasing

  • Policy, Planning & Governance


2007 sustainability committee
2007: Sustainability Committee

  • Mission: “To shape a legacy of ecological stewardship, social equity, and prosperity for future generations.”

  • http://sustain.uncg.edu


Sustainability committee

Assessment Indicators

Energy & Air Pollution

Water

Land Use

Waste & Recycling

Health & Safety

Academics & Culture

Purchasing

Policy, Planning & Governance

Working Groups

Dining Services

Green Building

Transportation

Waste & Recycling

Health & Safety

Academics & Culture

Energy & Water

Communications

Health & Social Justice

Council of Representatives

Sustainability Committee



Waste reduction recycling
Waste Reduction & Recycling

  • Best Practices

    • Over 30 types of material recycled at UNCG

    • FY 07/08 – Recycling rate was 35%

    • Re-use programs – Cram & Scram, mag rack, emerging office supply re-use program

    • Comprehensive residence hall recycling program

    • 752 tons recycled, reused or composted

    • Reuse & Recycling produced $136,578 in savings last year!

    • Biofuel from fryer oil recycling


Waste reduction recycling1
Waste Reduction & Recycling

  • Future Goals

    • Complete implementation of new programs

      • Future compost project for yard waste and food

      • Office supply re-use center

    • Increase recycling at all athletic events

    • Increase recycling sites & standardize signage

    • Seek new markets for recycling

    • Further develop buy-recycled policy & increase participation

    • Recycling liaison program to improve service


Mind the gapps
Mind the GAPPS!

  • Glass

  • Aluminum

  • Paper

  • Plastic

  • Steel

  • …and so much more!


Other recyclables
Other Recyclables

  • Batteries

  • Toner Cartridges

  • CD’s & floppy discs

  • Electronics

  • Cell Phones

  • Books*


Office Paper vs. Commingled Bins

Commingled Bins

Glass: Green, Brown, Clear

Aluminum: Soda Cans

Paper: Mags, NEON, Newspaper, Soft-back books

Cardboard

Plastic: #1 & #2 Bottles

Steel: Tin Cans & Aerosol Cans

Chipboard

Office Paper Bins

Paper: White & Pastel

Envelopes

Letterheads

Copies/Print-outs

Stamps

Envelopes with windows

Manila envelopes

Post it notes


NO!!!!!

Pizza Boxes

Styrofoam

Disposable Cups or Plates

Plastic Wrap & Bags

Hard Back Books*



Desk side office paper bins
Desk-Side Office Paper Bins

Bottles and Commingled Items ShouldNOTgo in these bins.



Residence halls
Residence Halls

  • RECYCLING BAG

  • Recycling Containers Outside BESIDE TRASH DUMPSTERS

  • High Rise Residence Halls have Roll Carts at the end of each hall.



It s easy being green
It’s Easy Being Green!

Quick Tips:

  • Use the Mag Rack

  • Reduce Energy & Water usage

  • Use CFL Bulbs

  • Reusable Dishes

  • Buy Recycled

  • Check the Office Supply Exchange!

  • Carpool

  • Take the HEAT

  • Buy Energy Star Products

  • Zero Energy Breaks


Questions
Questions?

Rachel Grant

Environmental Education Coordinator

UNCG Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling

(336) 256-0442

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.uncg.edu/rcy

http://sustain.uncg.edu


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