Press Release for Thursday, February 15, 2007

UNF Hosts Garbage on the Green Event

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida will reveal the garbage it throws away on the campus Green, located in front of the Fine Arts Center, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 8, in the University’s first trash and recycling audit.

Volunteers will get down and dirty, sorting, measuring and cataloguing waste. The event kicks off with an early morning cleanup of litter on campus, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Organizations are being invited to participate with demonstrations and interactive booths that provide education on environmental issues and some will be accepting donations for reuse. There will be food and entertainment, including sculpture made from recycled materials. This event is free and open to the public.

The University-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling and litter-prevention practices. Among the goals of the campus master plan is to include opportunities to integrate more waste reduction practices on campus as the University continues to increase its student population and to preserve its natural areas.

“We’re hoping that the Garbage on the Green event will increase general awareness of our behaviors and get our campus faculty, staff and students to think about recycling in a fun, proactive way,” said Stacy Wheeler, event coordinator and a UNF political science adjunct professor. “We’re especially excited about local community groups teaming up with UNF to address campus recycling. We are learning how to better reduce, reuse and recycle for the years ahead.”

A waste audit is a systematic study of trash we throw away. Information collected during the waste audit will be analyzed to help determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill.

UNF publicizes and transfers to other departments when equipment/furniture is no longer needed and currently recycles:
• All types of paper (folders, magazines, newsprint, books) – averages 22,000 pounds per month
• Cardboard
• Plastic bottles
• Aluminum cans
• Scrap metal – up to 30,000 pounds per month
• Tires
• Most printer cartridges
• Automotive types of batteries
• Rechargeable batteries from emergency/exit lights
• Wood pallets

This event is sponsored by UNF’s Environmental Center, the City of Jacksonville/Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, Native Sun, Student Government Association, the Green Team Project, Office of Administration and Finance, Housing, Physical Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety.

To volunteer or to participate, contact Abby Howard Murphy at the UNF Environmental Center at (904) 620-2662 or at ahmurphy@unf.edu. For other information about this event, contact Stacy Wheeler at (904) 620-2289 or at swheeler@unf.edu.


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