Recycling Reaches All Rooms
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 02:02
The Office of Sustainability has launched an initiative which will put recycling bins in every on-campus dorm room by Feb. 21.
After the distribution of recycling bins to all on-campus apartments in the fall was met with positive student feedback, the office decided to extend the effort and roll out the new initiative in February, in conjunction with National Recycling month, according to Office of Sustainability Director Audrey Stewart.
“We thought last year was really successful and we got a lot of positive feedback and we are really excited to wrap it up this spring,” Stewart said.
Over the next two weeks, student ambassadors for the Office of Sustainability will work to bring these bins to the dormitories to encourage students to do their part in creating a more sustainable Georgetown.
Last year, the university received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partner of the Year award for purchasing 109 percent of its electricity use through renewable energy certificates, among other green initiatives.
Jane Xie (SFS ’14), the Office of Sustainability’s communications and engagement intern, has noticed the progress Georgetown has made.
“I’ve seen a huge improvement just in the past four years that I have been here. Even now I look at the ambassadors and their excitement, and it is a good sign for the future,” Xie said.
The initiative aims to facilitate an increase in recycling by augmenting convenience.
“The hope is that students will more easily utilize recycling rooms on their floor. We want to make it as easy as possible for students. We know students are busy,” Meredith Cheney (COL ’16), the office’s communication coordinator, said.
The work of custodians will additionally be lessened if students can recycle with ease and with proper knowledge.
Along with recycling bins, the Office of Sustainability will distribute fliers with recycling information, as part of a marketing effort to increase student engagement.
In addition to the recycling bin rollout, the Office of Sustainability has collaborated with the Offices of Planning and Facilities Management and Residential Living, as well as the Georgetown University Student Association, to broaden campus-wide sustainability efforts. In 2009, The Office of Planning and Facilities Management replaced outdoor recycling bins throughout campus with solar-powered compactors.
“It was a great example of the steps Georgetown as a whole is making to make it easier, simpler and more consistent for the campus community to reduce waste,” Stewart said.
In the future, the Office of Sustainability plans to continue collaboration in making the campus more sustainable.
“We are excited that this year the sustainability office is among other projects also leading the development of sustainability on campus. We have a lot of great ideas and great partners and we are only going to see it increase going forward,” Stewart said.
The Office of Sustainability hopes that the awareness of the topic will be the first step in creating a community of sustainability at Georgetown.
“Although this is just a recycling program, I think it’s just another step to having a more sustainable Georgetown. Sustainability isn’t just for tree huggers. There is so much more to it and this is the next step in broadening this perspective of what sustainability should be like on the Georgetown campus,” Cheney said.