Recycling report shows success in 2010
Minot State University released an annual recycling report, and it shows students, faculty and staff participated actively in 2010. Paper, newspaper, aluminum, plastic, magazines, cardboard and even fluorescent bulbs were recycled on the MSU campus. Department of Facilities Management employees made the effort possible by picking up all the recyclables from around campus. MSU picked up approximately 39,299 pounds of recyclable items. All of the recyclables were taken to the Minot Vocational Workshop Recycling Center, located in southeast Minot.
In fall 2009, MSU added special green recycling bins, along with blue paper recycling bins, to eliminate waste and encourage recycling on campus. MSU and the Sustainability Committee have worked for several years now with special events, such as Earth Day, to bring awareness on recycling and on how it affects the environment.
Paul Lepp, the chair of the committee, related that MSU wants to help people get in the habit of recycling every day and not just during recycling events and Earth Day.
"Minot State Universityís Sustainability Committee works to raise public awareness and help Minot State and the Minot community learn ways we can employ more environmentally sound practices," said Linda Olson, MSU Sustainability Committee member.
MSU received the Greener North Dakota Award from the North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association in October 2010. Along with the recycling, the campus is beginning to convert to geothermal energy, with work on the first area slated for completion in 2011.
Recently, the MSU Sustainability Committee has focused on expanding the campus recycling initiatives, planning Earth Day activities and completing the Greenhouse Gas report and the Climate Action Plan to meet the goals of the Presidentís Climate Commitment.
For more information on how to begin recycling or join the MSU Sustainability Committee, check out www.minotstateu.edu/sustain.