I Can’t Believe That’s Recyclable

In the United States, people recycled over 60% of the paper they used in 2014, over 9% of plastics in 2013, and about 26% of the glass used in 2014 according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While this shows that people usually recycle certain materials, there are many other materials that can be recycled asContinue reading “I Can’t Believe That’s Recyclable”

Recycling During the Summer

The summer is now in full swing and the Georgia College Office of Sustainability is still open and providing services to the Georgia College community. The Office of Sustainability is delivering news and information through this blog but, it also responsible for monitoring and educating the community on sustainable behaviors. Even though it is summer,Continue reading “Recycling During the Summer”

Responsible Recycling

One of the first and most forward-facing sustainability initiatives the public will notice about your organization will be your recycling program. Many factors must work together in order for your efforts to be successful. A vendor to collect the materials, easily recognizable and accessible recycling receptacles, and committed staff are just a few components ofContinue reading “Responsible Recycling”

2017 Dodge the Dump

The final week of classes are an exciting and busy time at Georgia College, especially for our students. They are conquering their finals, signing up for summer classes, lining up jobs, and, of-course, moving out of their dorm rooms. Unfortunately, the move-out process generates a lot of waste; and not all of it is trash.Continue reading “2017 Dodge the Dump”

RecycleMania: One Month In

RecycleMania is in full swing. You may be asking yourself, what have we been up to? We tracked our recycling! For Georgia College, based on our initial assumptions, the average cumulative recycling rate is 7.5%. Our weekly recycling rates have ranged from between 6.9 and 8.3%! You can also see what our recycling means inContinue reading “RecycleMania: One Month In”

RecycleMania 2017 Has Begun

Georgia College (GC) has entered the RecycleMania 2017 competition. Beginning in January of 2001 between just two schools, Ohio University and Miami University, RecycleMania (Fig. 1) now includes the voluntary participation of schools across the United States and Canada. RecycleMania is not only a competition but also a benchmarking tool which occurs over an eight-weekContinue reading “RecycleMania 2017 Has Begun”

Saving the Planet, One Cardboard Box at a Time

In an effort to further GCSU’s sustainability awareness and effectiveness, nine different recycling stations were set up in convenient locations on the one day of the year when Georgia College’s waste output is significantly upped: move in day. In the sweltering heat, roughly 18 selfless, charitable volunteers manned the stations and spent the day flattening cardboardContinue reading “Saving the Planet, One Cardboard Box at a Time”

Composting at Georgia College

The March 2015 Green Bag Discussion was facilitated by Susan Daniels, Assistant Director for Landscaping and Grounds.  Susan led a discussion on the production and usage of organic materials at Georgia College, including the installation of a new industrial food waste composter and the school garden at West Campus. Susan has been at Georgia College forContinue reading “Composting at Georgia College”

SGA Director of Environmental Affairs Updates University Senate on Recycling Efforts

At the February meeting of the University Senate Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy Committee (RPIPC) meeting, Student Government Association (SGA) Director of Environmental Affairs Paul Murray presented an informative and thought-provoking update on the GC Recycling Program.  Paul shared information from his recent conversations with Campus Life, University Housing, the Dean of Students, and theContinue reading “SGA Director of Environmental Affairs Updates University Senate on Recycling Efforts”

December Green Bag- Campus Sustainability

The December 2014 Green Bag Discussion Series featured  Dr. Doug Oetter’s students in Environmental Science and Geography 4400: Resource Use.  The students presented their course projects to investigate campus resource use. The class was divided into five focus groups – Electricity, Food, Gasoline, Materials and Water. Working with student, staff and faculty leaders, the studentsContinue reading “December Green Bag- Campus Sustainability”