Sept. 9, 2009
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU shows greening leadership - again
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University continues to show leadership in campus greening, with the introduction of new recycling containers in buildings and the switch to Green Seal Certified cleaning products that are being used daily campuswide.
Nine recycling containers were obtained through The President's Beautification Fund and placed in Old Main, North Hall, Bailey Library, Advanced Technology and Science Hall, the new Art Sculpture Building and McKay Education Building, said John Cowan, assistant director of campus services.
"We placed them in high visibility and high traffic areas used by students and visitors," he said.
The one-stop containers, from The Fibrex Group, have 32-gallon compartments for paper, plastics, metal and glass and trash. They are Slippery Rock University green and include the University logo on the front.
"With the logo and the school color as well, it's a demonstration of the University's pride," Cowan said. "They serve notice that Slippery Rock University recycles and takes it seriously. We encourage recycling, not only for our students, but staff and visitors."
Trash and recycling are picked up daily from the containers. Trash is then picked up daily by SRU's in-house trash truck and transported to Tri-County Landfill. Recyclables, including paper, cardboard, metals, glass and plastics are deposited in larger containers and shipped to various recyclers.
SRU has numerous other recycling programs in place. Over the summer, facilities staff placed 96-gallon tote containers in all campus buildings to encourage recycling. Academic and residential buildings recycle paper. Each wing of the residence halls includes a recycling center for paper products. Students may also request recycling containers for their rooms. Offices throughout the University make use of paper-recycling containers to reduce space in landfills.
Another effort is a cardboard bailer for Weisenfluh Dining Hall, purchased through the student-led Green Fund program. The bailer compresses cardboard so that it can be sold instead of hauled to a landfill.
Cowan said building custodians recently started using Green Seal Certified Johnson-Diversey Green Chemical Line products. The biodegradable products are safe to use by the staff yet are very effective in meeting all of the cleaning and sanitizing needs, Cowan said. Green Seal is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to identify sustainability leadership performance levels and practices for products and services. Certification means a product is manufactured with the greatest concern possible for the environment.
Custodians also use microfiber wiping cloths and vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters that capture 97 percent of particulates. Both initiatives are part of green cleaning, Cowan said.
SRU has implemented a number of greening, or sustainability, initiatives in recent years to reduce its environmental impact and save in utility costs. They include a student-led Green Fund program, motion-detector lighting in buildings, sleep-mode settings for computers and new residence halls that are LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certified.
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