TNCC Launches Think Green… Recycle Campaign

Published: August 12, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College is launching a major campaign to raise awareness about the importance of recycling on our campuses. Called  Think Green… Recycle, the campaign strives to reduce the amount of waste the College produces by increasing the amount of material TNCC recycles. The goal is to help conserve the environment.

The effort seeks participation from students, faculty, staff and administrators alike with everyone using the large blue bins that have been placed throughout campus for recyclable items ? newspapers, magazines, steel/tin and aluminum cans, unwanted mail, phone books, books, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles. Desk side recycle containers are also available for office areas upon requests to the College’s Night Operations Manager Jerry Golden.

Also as part of Think Green… Recycle, electronic waste such as batteries, printer cartridges, and other hazardous materials will be collected for recycle but not in the blue bins or regular trash cans. TNCC’s Buildings and Grounds Supervisor John Mason can answer questions about the proper disposal of College generated hazardous materials.

“Recycling is something everyone can help with to ensure that the College becomes more environmentally friendly,” says Mason. “There are three magic words that the College community should live by whether it is at work, at school or at home to help the environment: reduce, reuse and recycle.”

In addition to helping the environment, recycling can also result in significant monetary savings for the College, adds Mason. “It costs less to dispose of recyclable materials because a business can make a profit by separating and selling the waste. Regular waste just sits in a landfill.” Recyclable containers are picked up at a much lower cost than regular waste containers.

Mason says the goal for next year is to increase the amount of material TNCC recycles by 25 percent. An informal Green Team Recycling committee comprised of TNCC employees who are concerned about the environment meets throughout the semester to brainstorm and implement new recycling initiatives. Anyone interested in joining the committee may contact Human Resources Director Lisa Johnson at 825-2728.

The committee is working in conjunction with other departments on special activities to support the College’s green initiatives. Among the events planned for this upcoming academic year are:

1. Green Day – Wear Your Green to Work
All College Day – Aug. 18

2. Green Beverages for All College Day
Meals provided during the event will feature an array of green drinks such as Gatorade and Green Tea.

3. 40th Anniversary Tree – August 11, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
President Charles A. Taylor will participate in the tree planting ceremony. tree will be planted behind Moore Hall in honor of the environment to serve as a reminder of the importance of conserving energy, water, recycling and other measures to take better care of our planet.

4. Commemorating 40th Anniversary by planting 40 Plants & Trees – August 14, 9:00 a.m. Templin Hall
Forty perennials will also be planted outside of Templin and Hastings Halls.

5 Pledge your support to the Think Green Campaign and receive an “I Recycle” memento to place on your desk.

6 The E-Flagstaff will carry a “green tip of the week“ promoting environmentally friendly practices.

7 Marketing materials that promote the Think Green Campaign will also be generated.

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