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1 Closing the Loop on Waste: How Student Waste Becomes a Community Resource

2 Sustainability Partnerships Kate Johnson, Associate Director for Community Service Dave Robertson, Director of Student Programs

3 Dont Throw it Away & The Big Sale REDUCE the amount of waste produced by students during move- out GENERATE capital for non-profit organizations to perform energy upgrades EDUCATE about the environmental effects of waste and consumption

4 DTiA & The BIG Sale Student Advocacy- Program began in 2000 by student Natalie McKnight Community Resource- local non- profits apply for grant funding to perform energy upgrades on facilities-proceeds have helped fund: – Attic and basement insulation – Energy efficient appliances, windows – Rewiring – solar thermal and solar PV installations

5 Dont Throw it Away (DTiA) 8-10 day collection effort Designated locations in each residence hall for donations Signage around dumpsters- massive educational effort in res halls and on campus 400 volunteers logging around 1000 volunteer hours- faculty, staff, and students- community partners also required to log volunteer hours Local restaurants donate food for volunteers

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7 Materials Collected Clothing/Shoes Furniture Small Electronics Bedding and Towels Carpets and Rugs Office and School Supplies Toiletries Non-perishable food items Fun Stuff (toys, games, sports, etc…)

8 Dont Throw it Away (DTiA) Materials stored in Legends facility over summer Management Perspective- Approx. 100 hours – Committee members – Student meetings – Collaborative meetings- UH and ACT – Personal contact- Student Programs, Legends, Physical Plant, etc…

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10 The BIG Sale Items sold at discounted costs Held the Saturday of move in weekend 150 volunteers logging 900 hours

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12 Over the Years last 4 years – 257 tons of material diverted – $70,000 has been raised $120,000 has been raised in 13 years Lots of returning customers and items

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14 Questions? Jennifer Maxwell Resource Conservation Specialist Office of Sustainability Ged Moody University Sustainability Director Office of Sustainability Kate Johnson Assoc. Director for Community Service Student Programs


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