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Monday, December 5

  1. page Campus Recycling edited ... Campus Recycling - Efforts in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Paradigm-History of UK's EffortsHisto…
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    Campus Recycling - Efforts in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Paradigm-History of UK's EffortsHistory of UK's Efforts
    The recycling effort at UK began in the 1970's, but there are little-to-no records from this time period, as the efforts were not centralized. This centralization would come together in 1995, when the efforts of campus recycling would become part of PPD (UK's Physical Plant Division) under the Occupational Safety and Health program. The program initially focused on paper waste, aluminum cans and plastic bottles, and then expanded with a strong focus on recycling cardboard - which the University recycles enough of to have a specific contractor for. Cardboard recycling is at its highest during campus move-in days for the Residence Halls, during which there is a concentrated effort on collecting all of the boxes from incoming students, using volunteers - now through the Office of Sustainability. Tom Gregory has been the person in charge of UK's recycling efforts since the programs induction into PPD and can be reached by email at recycle@uky.edu or via phone at (859) 257 - 8788. A full account of Recycling Operations stats can be found here, with a roughly 2 year delay in statistics while they are compiled.
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    Campus Recycling - Efforts in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Paradigm-The Ethical CallThe Ethical Call
    Sustainability is a term not easily defined, and the UK Office of Sustainability offers 2 different definitions; Richard S. Levine and Ernie Yanarella, co-directors of the UK Center for Sustainabilty Cities, see it as a “local, informed, participatory, balance-seeking process, operating within its Sustainable Area Budget, exporting no harmful imbalances beyond its territory or into the future, and thus opening the spaces of future opportunity and possibility.” They also offer a definiton provded by the UN Brundtland Commission’s Report: Our Common Future which defines sustainability as “Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
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  2. page Campus Recycling edited ... Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library is an educational resource that provides free bicycle use and r…
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    Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library is an educational resource that provides free bicycle use and repair assistance to students, faculty, and staff at UK. The core of the program is a bicycle recycling system that takes abandoned bicycles from the campus and recycles them into the campus fleet.
    In addition to the bicycle library, WWBL also operates an on-campus bike shop and offers bike maintenance workshops. Click here for more information on checking out a bicycle.
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    Conserve, Reuse and Recycle
    Conserving and recycling are two important aspects of conserving our resources and impact; however all to often the creative reuse aspect of recycling is often overlooked. Using less is a good start, however we all go through some products and recycling isn’t free. On campus, with the exception of scrap aluminum cans, Recycled goods do not even cover the cost of man hours for Kirby pick up. Glass and plastic both cost the university. Furthermore, City recycling facilities (where all the university recycling is processed) are heavily subsidized by the government.
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  3. page Campus Recycling edited ... "Empowered U" website to launch in January In January, a new website will go live t…
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    "Empowered U" website to launch in January
    In January, a new website will go live that will be integrated with the Office of Sustainability website called “Empowered U.” This site will offer incentives and prize drawings quarterly for students making energy-saving and sustainable choices.
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    campus fleet.
    In addition to the bicycle library, WWBL also operates an on-campus bike shop and offers bike maintenance workshops.
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    Conserve, Reuse and Recycle
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    http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/Recycling_and_Resource_Recovery
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  4. page Campus Recycling edited ... Student Organizations The Student Sustainability Council is composed of students who are in c…
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    Student Organizations
    The Student Sustainability Council is composed of students who are in charge of stewarding the funds from the Environmental Stewardship fee that all students pay as part of tuition. Currently there is around $120,000 in this fund. Any student can submit a project proposal for grant money out of this fund. Currently, a proposal for funding outdoor recycling receptacles around campus is in process.
    Greenthumb worked on recycling initiatives in their early history, starting as early as 1993. Now they focus less on recycling issues, but are looking into post-consumer composting.
    The VIP center (Violence Intervention and Prevention Center) collects old cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and ink cartridges and reuses them by reprogramming them as 911 emergency phones or recycling them for charity.
    The Merchandising, Apparel and Club collects jeans and other denim articles of clothing and recycles themduring a yearly denim drive. Denim can be recycled into insulation for home construction.
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    In January, a new website will go live that will be integrated with the Office of Sustainability website called “Empowered U.” This site will offer incentives and prize drawings quarterly for students making energy-saving and sustainable choices.
    Wildcat Wheels is an educational resource that provides free bicycle use and repair assistance to students, faculty, and staff at UK. The core of the program is a bicycle recycling system that takes abandoned bicycles from the campus and recycles them into the campus fleet. Click here for more information on checking out a bicycle.
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    Conserve, Reuse and Recycle
    Conserving and recycling are two important aspects of conserving our resources and impact; however all to often the creative reuse aspect of recycling is often overlooked. Using less is a good start, however we all go through some products and recycling isn’t free. On campus, with the exception of scrap aluminum cans, Recycled goods do not even cover the cost of man hours for Kirby pick up. Glass and plastic both cost the university. Furthermore, City recycling facilities (where all the university recycling is processed) are heavily subsidized by the government.
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  5. page Campus Recycling edited ... Greenthumb worked on recycling initiatives in their early history, starting as early as 1993. …
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    Greenthumb worked on recycling initiatives in their early history, starting as early as 1993. Now they focus less on recycling issues, but are looking into post-consumer composting.
    The VIP center (Violence Intervention and Prevention Center) collects old cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and ink cartridges and reuses them by reprogramming them as 911 emergency phones or recycling them for charity.
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    Apparel and Textiles Club collects
    "Empowered U" website to launch in January
    In January, a new website will go live that will be integrated with the Office of Sustainability website called “Empowered U.” This site will offer incentives and prize drawings quarterly for students making energy-saving and sustainable choices.
    Wildcat Wheels is an educational resource that provides free bicycle use and repair assistance to students, faculty, and staff at UK. The core of the program is a bicycle recycling system that takes abandoned bicycles from the campus and recycles them into the campus fleet. Click here for more information on checking out a bicycle.
    Conserve, Reuse and Recycle
    Conserving and recycling are two important aspects of conserving our resources and impact; however all to often the creative reuse aspect of recycling is often overlooked. Using less is a good start, however we all go through some products and recycling isn’t free. On campus, with the exception of scrap aluminum cans, Recycled goods do not even cover the cost of man hours for Kirby pick up. Glass and plastic both cost the university. Furthermore, City recycling facilities (where all the university recycling is processed) are heavily subsidized by the government.
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Thursday, December 1

  1. page Campus Recycling edited ... Student Eco Reps Eco Reps provide peer-to-peer education about recycling and sustainability. …
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    Student Eco Reps
    Eco Reps provide peer-to-peer education about recycling and sustainability. One Eco Rep is Elaine Alvey, a senior at UK; she takes the "Smoothie Bike" -- a pedal-powered blender to make smoothies -- to dorms to facilitate discussion among students on recycling and sustainability. They also organize educational trips, like visiting UK's organic farm. Student Eco Reps are valuable from a sustainability perspective because they help to involve students in the recycling process and can educate their peers about the value of recycling from an environmental, social, and economic perspective.
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    Student Eco Reps
    Eco Reps provide peer-to-peer education about recycling and sustainability. One Eco Rep is Elaine Alvey, a senior at UK; she takes the "Smoothie Bike" -- a pedal-powered blender to make smoothies -- to dorms to facilitate discussion among students on recycling and sustainability. They also organize educational trips, like visiting UK's organic farm. Student Eco Reps are valuable from a sustainability perspective because they help to involve students in the recycling process and can educate their peers about the value of recycling from an environmental, social, and economic perspective.
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