Berkeley College concluded its annual participation in the RecycleMania Tournament, which encourages colleges and universities to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts. This year Berkeley College was among the 523 participating schools, which collectively recovered 90.3 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials and prevented the release of the equivalent of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Berkeley College participated in various categories, including Bottles & Cans, Corrugated Cardboard, and Per Capita Classic. Weekly results were tracked throughout the two-month tournament. Altogether, Berkeley College prevented the release of 73 metric tons of C02 equivalent into the atmosphere, which amounts to the energy consumption of six households or keeping 14 cars off of the road.
And the winners are...
While all locations demonstrated progress on the environmental front, two made the most gains. New York won for trash reduction, posting a 1.36 decline in waste. White Plains won for recycling, registering a 1.25 increase.
Berkeley College's lighting retrofit project was spotlighted in the latest Mayor's Carbon Challenge Progress Report, which sums up the progress made by the numerous New York institutions, including colleges and universities, that voluntarily agreed to work toward reducing their carbon footprint emissions by 30% over 10 years. The lighting project was described as an undertaking that "led to significant results."
All Berkeley College bookstores recently received shipments of reusable recycled bags, just in time for Earth Day. Each store has 125 bags in stock that are currently being distributed with textbook purchases. The Berkeley blue bags, featuring a prominent Project GreenPath logo on one side, have reinforced long straps for durability and comfort. Where will you take yours?
Earth Day comes along once a year, but environmental progress and sustainability are year-round concerns at Berkeley College. Thanks to Auxiliary Services for implementing the following green initiatives over the past two years:
Vending: All new vending machines are equipped with low-energy lighting, off-hour temperature controls, and sure-vend dispensing mechanisms. Product selection has been improved to offer a wider selection of healthy options.
Office Supplies: All office supplies are shipped to the various locations in reusable recycled green totes. All regular toner orders are automatically converted to Office Depot-brand recycled cartridges. And, the Office Depot website now automatically displays green product substitutions as an option when placing orders.
Multifunction Copiers: Most multifunction copier/printers (MFPs) have been replaced with new low-energy, high-print efficiency models. In addition, all MFP units now default to duplex printing, generating an estimated 30% reduction in overall paper usage.
Berkeley College faculty member and Project GreenPath Committee chair Laura Harste recorded a brief interview for “Life & Living with Joanna Gagis” that will be broadcast on Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. on NJTV. In the interview, she discussed Project GreenPath initiatives at Berkeley. “Life & Living” aims to shine a spotlight on unique New Jersey programs and attributes. Be sure to tune in!
Berkeley College is hosting numerous events to mark Earth Day. Many events are scheduled on Earth Day itself, Monday, April 22, while others will be held throughout the week and month. Contact the SDCL Department at your location for more information and further details.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 22, 1:30 to 2:30 pm: Celebrate Earth Day at an Earth Appreciation event at the student center. Career Services will have a display on "green" jobs and internships, the library will have materials available on healthy lifestyles and recycling, and there will be trivia and refreshments. A second event will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. outside the library.
In addition, the location is involved in Downtown Business Partnerships College Town Service Days. Students may volunteer to do community projects like gardening, painting, and lawn work at various parks in Brooklyn on April 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Berkeley College Newark location has a “Sustainability Week” scheduled with many activities and events. The location will also hold collection drives for cell phones and sneakers throughout the week. The cell phones will be donated to Verizon's HopeLine; the sneakers will benefit Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe initiative.
Monday, April 22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm: “Plant your seed” in the student center.
Tuesday, April 23, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Come to the student center and learn about the “101 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt”.
Thursday, April 25, 1:30 to 2:30 pm: Participate in Earth Day trivia, also in the student center.
Monday, April 22: Students will travel to a local senior center to clean up the gardens and plant flowers.
Wednesday, April 24: Students and associates will paint fences in Riverside Park.
Monday, April 22, 12:00 pm: Come plant flowers in the courtyard.
Monday, April 22, 3:00 pm: Paint a pot and pot a plant in the third-floor lounge for Earth Day and a good cause. All pots will be donated to a local senior center.
Monday, April 22, 1:00 to 3:00 pm and Tuesday, April 23, 1:00 to 3:00 pm: Bring your own used plastic beverage bottles to the student center and make sand art. There will also be various informational materials with facts on sustainability and inexpensive ways to “go green” around the house.
Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 pm: The documentary Bag It will be shown in the library.