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Thinking Green: Greening Initiative Spurs Campus-wide Awareness

"Top: Greening Committee members, front row, from left: Ms. Annette Cutugno, Ms. Barbara Skyer, Ms. Alexis Cohen, Ms. Theresa Rinaldi, Ms. Marcia Ancher, Ms. Susan Abraham, Mr. Lance Irving; back row, from left: Mr. Lawayne Perkins, Vice Dean Michael O'Connor, Mr. Thomas Powell, Mr. Michael Coyne."

Lately there has been a lot of talk in the media about "green shoots" sprouting up in the economy, indicating that the beginning of the end of the economic recession may be at hand. At NYUCD, we have been seriously focused on thinking green in another fundamental way - ecologically - for over a year, and the results of our efforts leave no doubt that we are succeeding in identifying, developing, and implementing "green shoots" for more environmentally friendly policies and programs, which are consistent with NYU's sustainability initiatives.

Highlights of our Greening Committee's efforts over the past year include:

  • A Re-Cell-a-thon, which collected and recycled used cell phones by donating them to an organization that collects and pays for the used phones. Proceeds were donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
  • A quarterly "shred-it" truck event was a huge success, enabling administrators to recycle confidential materials like admissions applications. The July shred-a-thon resulted in recycling 30 tons of paper, the equivalent of 30 trees saved.
  • An annual Greening Day featured a raffle for a Norco 21-speed hybrid bike won by Ms. Edna Thomas, Administrative Aide in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, and 12 door prizes created from sustainable materials, plus special menus in the Alfano Commons highlighting locally grown food products.
  • A Green Awareness Day logo (right) was created by Jared Miller, Class of 2012.

Dr. Michael P. O'Connor, Vice Dean for Administration & Finance, founder and chair of the Greening Committee, said: "We are extremely proud of the enthusiasm and involvement that has greeted this initiative. We expect even greater strides in the year ahead."