Thursday, October 15, 2009

GWU lauded for "green move-out"

Finally, someone made good use of all the waste that's produced on student move-out day. This should definitely catch on in Boston!

The George Washington University Hatchet reports:
The Washington Business Journal recognized GW's Green Move-Out program with
a Green Business Award for Innovation on Thursday.
The award highlights the
University's efforts to green-up their act with the move out program, which the
WBJ called a creative solution for the tons of waste students leave behind
during move out every year.
Instead of throwing away what students leave
behind during move out, which would add to area landfills, Green Move-Out
donated the items students left behind to local food banks and homeless
Green Move-Out 2009 collected 2,169 bags of clothing, which was equivalent
to 50,537 pounds, according to the Green Move-Out Web site. Additionally, 2,719
pounds of food donations were collected.
"The amount of donations equates to
the weight of over 17 hippos, 9,450 MacBooks or 69,000 tall Starbucks lattes,"
said Matt Trainum, a director of GW Housing Programs, in an e-mail.
items are then given to various charities, including The National Children's
Center, Bread for the City, So Others Might Eat, the Capital Area Food Bank and
local animal shelters.