Movin’ On Out – and Doing Good

Two recycling efforts – Grassroots’ “Dump and Run,” and the University Recycling Office’s “Move-Out Cleanout program” – work to collect students’ unwanted items as they move out of their dorms. Alice Chen ’15 and Ling Rao ’14 show us some of the goodies they’ve collected, which will be sold during freshman orientation as a fundraiser. Recycling assistant Melissa Kullman ’14 explains the details behind all those yellow Planet Aid boxes that pop up on campus at the end of the year.

Rocky Teaches Recycling at U of R

Grassroots – As the University of Rochester’s 2012 RecycleMania Competition gets underway, Rocky shares on tips on where to recycle around campus. RecycleMania is a competition among college and university recycling programs in North America and Canada. From February 5th to March 31st, help Rochester win this competition by reducing waste and recycling more on campus!

See Rocky in Action

In the next month, watch out for the Grassroots RecycleMania team, who will be randomly handing out prizes to those they see recycling during the competition. Check out RecycleMania on Facebook!

RecycleMania is sponsored by Grassroots, the University of Rochester’s premier environmental action and awareness group. The organization strives to act on behalf of a sustainable future and to raise awareness of the collective and individual responsibilities as stewards of the Earth and its natural environment.

Like Grassroots on Facebook or visit their page on the Campus Club Connection!

Video and photo are courtesy of Grassroots.

University Given Environmental Excellence Award

Univ. Communications – This December, the University of Rochester was recognized at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 8th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. Amy Kadrie, the University’s recycling coordinator (right), and Pat Beaumont, director of support operation (middle), accepted the award from Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens (left). The DEC honored the “Go Green! Conserve and Save” program, citing the success of the University’s diverse efforts to promote sustainability on campus.

Over the last three years, the University has increased its efforts to promote sustainability, starting with the formation of the Council on Sustainability in 2008. To promote recycling among faculty, staff, and students, the University supplies and manages a variety of bins throughout campus and each year, residence halls compete in the “UR Unplugged” program to see which one can achieve the greatest energy reductions. The University also partners with local charities during the “Move Out & Clean Out” program to collect and donate clothing, shoes, furniture and food.

As a result of these programs, Rochester has prevented nearly 95 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, reduced electricity use by more than 6.5 million kWh, saved nearly 8 million gallons of water and diverted almost 4,000 tons of waste from being landfilled.

Learn more about the University’s sustainability program at

Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications. Photo courtesy of Amy Kadrie, Recycling Coordinator at Rochester.