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Broncos Move Out and Give Back

Friday, Jul. 1, 2011

As our campus residents move out in June, they have been donating their clothes, shoes, and small furniture items to Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley since 2006. Two years ago, Marquita Coe of the Registrar's Office (on behalf of the Staff Senate) added the opportunity for residents and the broader campus community to donate linens to local shelters. Facilities collects carpets and electronic waste (anything with an electric cord or battery) for responsible recycling, besides collecting cardboard and mixed recycling.

One week of move out equates to a lot of stuff! Housing and the Office of Sustainability partnered to transport students' donations. Goodwill provided extra-large cardboard collection bins for every residence hall lobby; Housing provided wheeled-carts. With the help of staff and students, teams circulated building to building, moving donations to one of two Goodwill trailers parked on campus. Linens were taken to Benson 1, thanks to Monica Parikh who provided storage space. (Linens were also donated by faculty, staff, alumni, and the Osher Society earlier in the month).

Here's a quick outline of the materials we spared from the landfill:

Donations to Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley: 5.68 tons (11,366 lbs.) of clothes, shoes, small furniture, electronics, books, and more!

Recycling, electronic waste, and carpeting: Students recycled more electronic waste, cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass than in years past. Note: actual weight values are forthcoming, but qualitative results are clear: recycling crew members noted a drastic increase in participation!

Students also set aside an entire van-full of area rugs for recycling. Many carpets were also donated to Goodwill.

Linens: 57 Wash Cloths, 56 Hand Towels, 10 Beach Towels, 88 Bath Towels, 45 Blankets, 14 Baby Blankets, 204 Various Sizes of Sheets, 103 Pillow Cases, 13 Kitchen Towels, 88 Comforters and Bedspreads, 8 Bed Padding Mats, 205 Personal Sized Toiletries for Backpacks for the Homeless, 11 30-gallon bags full of various clothing.

View photos of Move Out Week.

Tags: Campus Operations, Community Engagement, Education and Research, Program Highlights, Residence Life, Student Life, Waste



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