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The environment. This concept alone drove me to decide that Miami is the place for me. Coming from New Jersey, I really wanted to get away from all the pollution and congestion, but also to learn how to fix these problems for the future.

I had little interest in sustainability until my freshman year when I took Environmental Geology with Dr. Hauer, where I learned about climate change, energy consumption, natural disasters, and other physical processes. Now, almost everything I do is directly related to environmental sustainability in and around Oxford.

I’m the faculty adviser to GreenHawks Media, Miami’s student-run environmental media, and a freelance journalist whose passion is the intersection of the environment and business worlds. I’ve been teaching multimedia journalism at Miami since 2004.

Rethink Recycling in Classrooms and Offices

Better recycling must begin at the bin, where sorting reduces contamination and landfill waste. Here are some ways you can make lasting improvements in campus recycling:  

·      Begin a conversation in your unit about recycling in coordination with building maintenance staff and your Building/Energy Point of Contact.

·      Learn the facts of recycling at Miami (www.pfd.muohio.edu/recycling/index.jsp ) and share with your colleagues. For example, only contents of blue or green bins are recycled, everything else goes to the landfill.

·      Look at where your bins are placed. Can you co-locate paper and bottle/can recycling bins with trash cans?  Some departments have increased recycling and reduced custodial costs by removing excess trash cans and centralizing sorting.

·      Consider ways to foster a culture of recycling among your peers and other general building users like students or the public.

 

Learn more about RecycleMania at www.recyclemaniacs.org .

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