Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rutgers Gets Greener & Creates Program to Reuse Student Items

Posted by Lyndsy Czapla (DRN intern)

Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey) is taking significant steps to be a greener university.  From constructing a building that will meet LEED Gold standards to reducing the amount of vehicular traffic on the campus, Rutgers is on the mark for improving our environment.  One of the coolest and newest programs at Rutgers involves reusing student items that are left behind when the school year ends.  As anyone who has lived on a college campus knows, at the end of the school year students who are graduating or returning home for the summer throw away and leave behind a huge amount of goods, most of which still have life left in them.  The items to be reused include everything from non-perishable foods to furniture.  Rather than just tossing and wasting all the items with potential for reuse, the university will collect and store them over the summer.  Before the Fall semester begins, all the items collected will then be sold at a big sale for cheap to incoming students.

The thing that makes this program so cool is the fact that all sorts of items that are still usable won’t make it to landfills and will have a second chance to be valuable to other students.  It is also nice that this reuse program could be very beneficial to those students and parents who may be looking to cut costs as tuition and overall college expenses are continuously rising.  Even those who don’t necessarily need a break can still go and browse through clothes and electronics for some very good deals.  As one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, Rutgers has definitely impressed me with the creation of this new reuse program and their huge effort with going green. 

You can read more about the green efforts at Rutgers here.

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