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Earth Day @ SU


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From the SGA and the University Sustainability Committee

Earth Day 2017

April 17th

In 2017, from April 17th to the 22nd, SU’s Student Government Association held a variety of Earth week events on and off of campus. The 17th was the kickoff to the week in Red Square where bike powered blenders and solar cookers were in action. That night consisted of films centered around sustainability and were to be viewed in Conway Hall.

April 18th

On the 18th, there was a music and art display where the mediums used were recycled material. That night in Henson Hall, there was a panel on fossil fuel divestment.

April 19th

The 19th was a day for potting plants and over 200 students had the opportunity to participate. The evening consisted of the Iron Sea Gull cooking contest that was hosted in Commons. The winner of the contest won a solar-powered speaker and phone charger.

April 20th

Recycling Madness occurred on the 20th as student organizations competed to bring the most about of recycling and those with the most are granted money towards their clubs.

April 21st

The 21st was a large trash clean up on the railroad on Route 13 and is a branch of the event “I Love Salisbury”.

The last day of the week consisted of an event called "Be the Difference Day" where students were encouraged to volunteer with an event of their own choice.

As part of SU's Sustainability Initiatives and in celebration of Earth Day, the SU Sustainability Committee shares some enlightening facts about environmental issues and SU's sustainability efforts.

  • FACT: It's not that hard to recycle. In fact, SU has become a "single stream" recycling facility.  This means that all materials which can be recycled can be comingled in a recycling container.  These materials are sent to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is processed and separated mechanically and by hand.

  • FACT: earth day picture 1Save Water Without Spending a Dime:

    • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. If you just wet and rinse your brush, you will save 9 gallons of water each time you brush
    • When shaving, fill the basin instead of letting the water run will save 14 gallons of water.
    • Use a timer to cut your showers down to five minutes.
    • Wash full loads rather than partial loads. Standard washing machines use 30-60 gallons of water for each cycle.
  • FACT: Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually-consuming more than 850 million trees. What a waste! Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $32, 250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion. One tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon over its lifetime.

  • FACT: Make sure your car is running efficiently. For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Using a clean air filter element can improve performance and gas mileage.

  • FACT: Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for three hours and is the energy equivalent of half that can filled with gasoline.

  • FACT: Help reduce global warming-by recycling half of your household garbage, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. It is easier than you might think because the cardboard, glass, plastic, bimetal cans, and papers take up a lot of space!

  • FACT: Dress warmly in the winter-by turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10 percent.

  • FACT: Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and water pollution by 50 percent. In Wicomico County, recycled glass is ground up and used as filler in paving material.

  • two women celebrating earth daySU DID YOU KNOW?
    In 2006 alone, SU recycled more than 500 tons of items ranging from paper and glass to electric motors and oil.

    Every year, students in SU's residence halls are participating in RecycleMania, a national contest of more than 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States that compete to see who can produce the most recycling. Last year's contest resulted in 41.3 million pounds of recycling. For more information about RecycleMania, visit their website.

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