Campus pitches in on effort to go green
February 9, 2009 10:04 AM
As the world moves forward in eco-consciousness, SF State is trying to do their part. Just about everywhere on campus, recycle bins beg for cans, paper, glasses and bottles allowing SF State to recycle 6,000 tons of waste.
Maeva Considine, a junior English major, believes the university is doing a good job.
"It's the little things that make a lot of difference," said Considine. "A lot of the café's use recycled products such as their cups and sleeves and use post-consumer goods. I also like how recycle bins are more likely than regular trashcans."
SF State has been recognized for its efforts to recycle.
The university has the 2nd highest recycling rate amongst universities and colleges in the country, following Kalamazoo College in Michigan, according to Recycling Coordinator Caitlin Steele.
The school diverts 76 percent of trash from the landfill, said Steele. The total yearly tonnage of what is thrown away is 8,000 tons and 6,000 tons of that gets recycled, she said.
"SF State is now taking part in Recyclemania, the national recycling competition," said Steele. "We have a good chance of winning since our campus has one of the highest recycling rates."
The SFSU Bookstore switched all plastic bags to recycled bags, according to Husamettin Erciyes, the SFSU Bookastore 's Director of Strategic Project and Marketing. The number one policy for the bookstore is to use only recycled paper whenever possible, he said.
Last semester, the SFSU Bookstore began the Wooden Nickel Program. Every time a student refused to use a plastic bag, the bookstore would donate 5 cents to a student organization of the student's choosing by dropping a wooden nickel into its respective bucket. The school organizations benefited were the Recycling Center, Bicycle Advocacy Group and Eco-Students, stated Erciyes.
The program will continue this semester starting next week, he said.
"When we started the Wooden Nickels Program, it was received very positively," said Erciyes. "From what I've seen, SF State is very eco-friendly. People are biking and there's overall consciousness about recycling. People are paying attention and the store is also trying to be eco-friendly as possible."
Cory Wong, an Asian American Studies and Cinema major, thinks SF State could use more effort in getting in touch with students about green issues.
"The school is not good at providing news from the university level to the student level," said Wong. "The university should be more in touch with the students to provide more info on green and university sustainable issues... One thing I would like to see is eco-efficient buildings."
In fact, Wong will be able to see more of this.
The newly established Sustainability Committee are working on getting two buildings LEED certified - the Student Service Building and Humanities, according to Steele.
LEED is the nations green building rating system.
"Going through the LEED process will help us see how energy efficient and environmentally friendly SSB and Hum are," Steele said. She said the Facilities Department is working together to make them energy efficient and have the least impact on the environment.
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