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Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Campus Recycling Program

Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Humboldt State University Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collection Program

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas:      The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that they “[shall be] an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off campus; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the student and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community;” and,

Whereas:      Humboldt State and the Associated Students has had a long history of advocating environmental and sustainable responsibility; and

Whereas:      The HSU Strategic Plan states that its vision for the future is to “provide a socially and environmentally responsible education”; and,

Whereas:      HSU has repeatedly stated its commitment to a sustainable campus and the reduction, reuse, and recycling of natural resource-based products; and

Whereas:      HSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as being “environmentally and socially responsible”; and,

Whereas:      The Associated Students realizes that to maintain our environmental responsibilities, we need to continue to minimize the environmental impact of our use of natural resources; and,

Whereas:      The Campus Recycling Program (CRP), was established in 1974, it began the collection of aluminum cans in 1987, and became a successful Associated Students funded program in 1989; and,

Whereas:      The responsibility for collecting recyclables for the program was handed over to University Plant Operations in 2001 so that the AS program could focus upon composting and education, and will be eliminated on campus beginning July 1st, 2004 due to budget cuts; and,

Whereas:      The environmental impacts of the closure Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections

Program would be detrimental to the Earth, conflicts with HSU’s position as an environmental leader, and negatively impacts the distinction of HSU graduates from other universities; and,

Whereas:      State Assembly Bill 75 of 1999 requires that each State agency or large State facility

(State universities, community colleges, prisons, etc…) to develop an integrated waste management plan by July 1, 2000; to divert at least 25 percent of its solid waste from landfills or transformation facilities by January 1, 2002; and to divert 50 percent by January 1, 2004; and,

Whereas:      In 1998, HSU became one of the first institutions in the country to achieve a 50% waste diversion rate due to the efforts of the Campus Recycling Program and the Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections Program, six years before the mandate 50% reduction; and,

Whereas:      The elimination of the Plant Operations Recycling Collections Program would put HSU in noncompliance of AB 75, which is a mandated State law; which would require HSU, “a State agency if unable to comply with the requirements, shall notify the State Integrated Waste Management Board in writing, detailing the reasons for its inability to comply and shall request an alternative pursuant to § 42922 or an extension pursuant to § 42923 of AB 75”; and,

Whereas:      The City of Arcata must also meet a 50% waste reduction goal under AB 939, of which HSU is a factor in the municipality’s overall percentage; Arcata could be penalized a fine of up to $10,000 a day for the University’s noncompliance; and,

Whereas:      Such an action could potentially be detrimental to the relationship between HSU and the City of Arcata; therefore be it,

Resolved:      That the Associated Students recognize recycling as a fundamental responsibility of HSU

Administration and demand that HSU Administration continue funding Plant Operations

Physical Recycling Collections at its current level and follow the letter of the law; and be it further,

Resolved:      That copies of this resolution will be sent to, but not limited to, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the Campus Recycling Program, Plant Operations, HSU Director of Physical Services, State Senator Wes Chesbro, State Assemblywoman Patty Berg, the State Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of Arcata, and the Lumberjack.

Authored by Joshua Allen & Dusty Duley

Associated Students College of Natural Resources & Sciences Representatives

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            Christopher Cook, Representative                           Randy Mishler, Representative

      College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences             College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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        Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President                       Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President