BU encourages students to go environmentally ‘green’ as a team

For immediate release: Oct. 13, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Students, faculty, and staff at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania are participating in an environmental initiative during October, recycling month in the commonwealth.

The program, “Get Your Green On,” is an effort to encourage recycling and promote environmental awareness on campus and in the community, according to Claire Lawrence, associate professor of English and a member of the “Get Your Green On” committee. The initiative will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. on the lawn outside Northumberland Hall.

“Get Your Green On” is a competition between students who live in Northumberland and Montour residence halls. According to Lawrence, each hall will be equipped with energy-saving light bulbs and each student room will be supplied with an in-room recycling box for paper only. The paper will be collected weekly.

The students will be encouraged to use the recycling bins outside their rooms for other materials, such as glass and plastic, she said. At the end of each week, BU facilities management personnel will weigh the recyclable goods collected from each hall and the amount of electricity consumed. Students who live in the residence hall that recycles the most materials and uses the least amount of energy will receive a prize at the end of the fall semester, a study break day with refreshments and activities.

The goal of Wednesday’s kick-off celebration is to motivate students to recycle and become more environmentally conscious, even if they aren’t part of the competition, Lawrence said. The event will include a demonstration on how to recycle properly, games with earth “fun facts,” carbon- neutral music by artists such as the Dave Matthews Band and face painting. Green refreshments, like spinach and guacamole dip, will be available.

The “Get Your Green On” residence hall competition, a collaboration of BU’s residence life, living and learning communities, faculty, staff and student organizations on campus, is part of a movement by colleges and universities nationwide to help the environment by recycling and decreasing energy usage.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.