4th Annual “Green Apple Move Out” Collection Drive Organized During Annual Dorm Move-Out, May 7th –May 18th
New York University, partnering with Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ and City Harvest, is holding its 4th annual Green Apple Move Out (GAMO) collection drive for NYU Residence Halls from May 7, 2011 to May 18, 2011. Collection areas will contain designated bins for your gently-used books, clothing and shoes, food (unopened, please), linens, techno-scrap, bicycles, furniture and small appliances. For more information please see www.nyu.edu/recycling
Last year, NYU collectively donated some 20 tons of re-usable items to Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ, ranging from clothes and blankets to mini-fridges. Additionally, over 400 pounds of canned and dry food goods were donated to a local food bank. Over the past four years, the NYU-GAMO collection program has kept over 100 tons of re-usable material out of local landfills.
“The collection is a great demonstration of teamwork between facility managers, housing managers, residential education, NYU Recycling, and of course, the students,” said Sarah Boll, NYU’s recycling coordinator. ”By partnering with Goodwill, we were able to figure out how to include all of the residence halls, exponentially increasing the amount of items collected,” she said.
“NYU is consistently one of the largest single donors to Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ annually,” said Mauricio Hernandez, Goodwill’s senior vice president of retail sales. “NYU’s donation helps thousands of people who rely on Goodwill Industries services annually.”
Additionally, diverting tons of reusable goods annually from landfills represents a two-percent reduction in the University’s overall total outgoing trash, and saves approximately $10,000 in waste-hauling costs.
Coverage is invited. Interviews are available with program coordinators, involved students, and program director Sarah Boll. Reporters should contact Christopher James, 212.998.6876 or email@example.com.
NYU’s Sustainability Task Force is an advisory body composed of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, who develop recommendations for new policies and practices that advance NYU’s long-term future as a sustainable university. For more information on the Sustainability Task Force, go to http://www.nyu.edu/sustainability