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  • description of the project outdoor recycling bins made of salvaged materials from Clark and the community & an insert designed to be simple to assemble so campus clubs can take part in their creation HOW TO involve the community more? How to make this happy & show involvement--put on pics of group logos, happy people, etc. it’s an open campus! everyone can come in & see how easy it is--we can do that! paired next to prominent outdoor trash cans to reduce the amount of recyclables in the waste stream
  • how will clark benefit? looks more appealing to prospective students and donors conspicuous in its absence will save the university money
  • recycling is the responsibility of every individual to the global community. we’re making it easier for everyone to fulfill that responsibility by increasing the availability of recycling bins outdoors on campus. it’s the simplest way for each of us to combat climate change
  • in this year’s waste audit: only 32% of the collected trash (by weight) was actually meant for a landfill. 68% could have been diverted from the waste stream, either recycled, composted, or donated. implementing outdoor recycling on campus is the next important step toward the success of this system

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    • U-REKA: The Final Pitch
  • Sustainable Whats??
    • Outdoor recycling bins made out of salvaged materials from the Clark campus and local community
          • Simple to assemble
          • Assembled by Clarkies
          • Paired next to each outdoor trash can
    • We PAY to have trash taken away; we are PAID to recycle.
    • What are donors and prospective students thinking?
          • The recycling bins are conspicuous in their absence.
    But what does Clark get out of it?
  • What will recycling my can really do?
    • As members of a global community-- recycling is our obligation.
    • Outdoor recycling bins make it easier to recycle.
  • Why should YOU care?
    • Clark’s recycling rate:
        • 1 year ago: 17%
        • Now: 29%
        • The national average: 33%
    68% could have been diverted 32% meant for landfills
  • Look how far we’ve come!
    • CUSC allocated $15,000 for indoor recycling bins
    • Students have led the recycling initiative on campus for the past 2 decades
    • Data from the green mentality survey shows that about 50% of students rank recycling as among their top 4 “green”  priorities
  • It sure is a lot of money...
    • Inserts
    • Wood
    • Initial goal: 5 bins to pilot the project
    • Ultimate goal: 20-30 bins to accompany every outdoor trash can
  • Thank you! Team Leaders : Sharon Bort Heather Mackenzie Special thanks to : The I&E Department Physical Plant Jenny Isler