New recycling initiative allows community service while saving money across campus
Adopt-A-Hallway to continue in the future
Kayla Smith (11) goes for a kill in the game against Eastern New Mexico Oct. 4. Kimberley Parker
SGA has started a new recycling initiative by pairing with registered student organizations (RSO) by starting the program Adopt-A-Hallway.
"SGA saw a need and an opportunity to involve registered student organizations and began to work with Mike Murphy in Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, as well as myself, to outline the program," assistant director of student life Heather Valle Brown said.
Murphy said SGA initially contacted him to see what SGA and the RSOs could do with recycling that would also count toward community service work.
"It was very fortunate timing because we had just reissued a new contract for our trash disposal, and a new company came in, Texas Disposal Systems," Murphy said. "They approached us about the same time as SGA and asked if we would like to have more recycling....And we said, yes, we would like to do that. We then reengaged with SGA and said, yes, they can do something involving recycling."
According to the Environmental Health website, a total of 22 RSOs adopted locations from the Hardeman building to the Junell Center.
"I introduced the Adopt-A-Hallway program during Spring Training, and within a week all locations were adopted," Brown said. "ASU Student Organizations do quite a bit of campus/community service and events that go unnoticed."
Murphy said placards were designed by a student and then placed at the different locations adopted by the organizations.
"I am very thankful that Mr. Murphy has provided a plaque at each location recognizing the RSO that has adopted that location," Brown said. "Being able to take ownership of a space on campus will help keep RSOs active and involved."
In addition to the Adopt-A-Hallway program, new recycling-specific dumpsters have been placed across campus, Murphy said.
"Before, we had to go around with a trailer and pick up the recycling," Murphy said. "Now, with all those dumpsters, recyclables can be carried outside, and it saves the campus money. There is a great cost benefit for the campus in doing this and for the student organizations because they have a community service project."
Valle Brown said the Adopt-A-Hallway program is something she plans to continue with the RSOs in the years to come.
"We will continue this program as long as RSOs are interested and keeping their adopted locations clean," Valle Brown said. "Being able to serve our campus and do our part to assist in the 'Blue and Gold Go Green' initiative helps fulfill the mission of the Center for Student Involvement."
Murphy said the RSOs are building relationships with the different departments regarding the recycling pick-up.
"Slowly but surely, departments have reached out about their location, whether the space needs to be recycled more often, or that they are thankful for RSOs' help," Valle Brown said. "I am hopeful that, in the next phase of the program, we can begin to connect department staff more with the RSO that has adopted their location."
Murphy said higher education is not just about being lectured in a classroom.
"There is also an inherent responsibility upon administrators and faculty to help educate students for life, and I think recycling is a part of that," he said. "We are trying to help our students understand the importance of sustainability. We are doing something good for the planet, as well as helping them understand the value of sustainability."
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