Greening Up Move-Out and Graduation
From eliminating bottled water to reducing waste, HSU students are known for their commitment to the environment. But Commencement—which brings thousands of people to Redwood Bowl each year—and the ensuing rush to move out of the residence halls, have the potential to generate a lot of waste. Here’s a look at some of the ways HSU students are getting serious about sustainability before and during graduation.
Donation Dash occurs during the week when students move out of the residence halls. Housing & Dining, WRRAP and Plant Operations team up for five days to collect items that can be recycled or donated to local charities. What’s amazing is that the program collects more than 30,000 pounds of material that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Reusable Office Supply Exchange
Reusable Office Supply Exchange, or R.O.S.E., collects reusable office and school supplies from students, faculty and staff. The materials are then available for free at the R.O.S.E. Storehouse on campus, at Warren House 53. In addition to helping the environment, the program saves students an average of eight thousand dollars in school supplies a semester.
Graduation Gown Rental
Graduation Gown Rental, available through the Center for Appropriate Technology, lets students rent used caps and gowns instead of buying new ones. After graduation, they also accept new cap and gown donations. Another cool fact: all new HSU gowns are made of 100 percent recycled bottles.
Take Back the Tap
In 2010, HSU students succeeded at making Commencement the University’s first-ever disposable bottle-free event. In 2013, they continued to reduce the amount of waste generated at graduation by providing compost and recycling bins. This year, they partnered with local and all natural grocery stores to provide healthy and environmentally-conscious foods to guests. They also provided discounted water canteens and half-priced coffee for those with their own cup or those purchasing one at graduation.
For more on green programs at HSU, visit humboldt.edu/green