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NYU Residence Halls Leave It “Green”

June 3, 2009
N-488, 2008-2009

A record 73 tons of material was collected for Goodwill Industries

New York University’s second annual “Green Apple Move Out” (GAMO) collection project for NYU Residence Halls was a tremendous success. Students moving out this spring were able to drop off their unwanted and gently used items in designated locations in their residence halls for collection and donation to Goodwill Industries.

This year NYU donated 73 tons of re-usable items to Goodwill Industries, ranging from clothes and blankets to mini-fridges. This was a huge leap up in donations from the eight tons collected in last year’s GAMO. Diverting 73 tons of “stuff” from the landfills represents a two-percent reduction in the NYU’s overall total trash this year, has saved NYU approximately $10,000 in waste-hauling costs, and helps to make NYU a more sustainable community.

“The collection is a great demonstration of teamwork between facility managers, housing managers, residential education, NYU Recycling, and of course, the students,” exclaimed Sarah Boll, NYU’s recycling coordinator. “By figuring out how to include all of the residence halls this year, we exponentially increased the amount of items collected versus last year.”

“This is the largest donation Goodwill has received from students of a local university,” said Mauricio Hernandez, Goodwill’s senior vice president of retail sales.

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