It is no secret that our society is incredibly wasteful.
Researchers have found that on average Americans throw away enough paper, plastic cups and silverware to circle the equator over 300 times every year.
And if that number does not cause you to rethink, imagine 220 million tons of garbage accumulating each year that is equivalent to burying more than 82,000 football fields six feet deep in compacted garbage.
The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper.
Recycling is a must to maintain a healthy planet, and what better place to start than in our very own back yard, Campbellsville University.
John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, said, “Campbellsville University is putting increased emphasis on recycling across campus.” He said CU’s commitment to earth stewardship and creation care is a beneficial practice for all of us to follow.
The typical college student’s lifestyle can lead to quite a bit of waste, especially paper, so taking a few small steps to conserve and recycle can really help make the campus more ecofriendly. Here are some simple ways students can get involved and make CU become greener.
First, recycling of course. Think about the countless amounts of notebook paper that you go through in any given semester. From class notes to term papers, the amount of paper used can certainly add up. So do your part and look around campus for paper-recycling bins, which can be found in various CU faculties.
“Recycling is one of the easiest things an individual can do to help the environment,” Dr. Richie Kessler, associate professor of biology/environmental studies program coordinator, said.
“Students can use the recycling bins located in various buildings to recycle white paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans,” he said.
In addition to the various bins around campus, students can also locate the green recycling trailers located throughout Campbellsville including one that is on campus.
Kessler said recycling reduces the garbage stream and the amount of waste in the environment like litter.
“Litter certainly detracts from our campus and can turn into pollution, which threatens local wildlife and waterways,” Kessler said. “Hopefully we can expand the program on campus so that every building and every event on campus features recycling opportunities.”
Another way to be environmentally friendly is using your printing resources more wisely.
Ask yourself is it really necessary to print out an entire 20-page article?
Or could you possibly get by with emailing or bookmarking the page on your laptop? Not only will this help save paper but will put a bit of extra change in your pocket too.
A few other ecofriendly tips are limiting the use of disposable cups, plates and paper napkins. If you’re moving into your first off-campus apartment, it can be tempting to buy disposable cups and plates to save time, but this can add up.
Also, try carrying a refillable water bottle around campus for a change. This will help save in plastic wastes and money you spend on disposable water bottles. Taking shorter showers, carpooling and turning off and unplugging electrical appliances when not in use are a few other ways CU students can be a bit more environmentally friendly to our campus.
One of CU’s core values is to “model servant leadership” and what better way to demonstrate this then recycling and using the other ecofriendly tips to make our campus a greener place.
Wed, November 7, 2012
by April Hill