UVUSA is enthusiastic about the progress that has been made thus far with recycling at UVU. Our efforts to make the campus more environmentally friendly have been widely supported. We appreciate the constant support that we receive from the administration and most importantly our fellow students.
However, we are also keenly aware that there is more that can be done in order to have a greener campus. Erica LeMaster, a writer for the UVU Review, also understands that we have more to do and wrote an exceptional article in the Sep. 7 edition entitled “Blue bins not green enough.” She gave an informative and well thought-out alternative to the wasted paper towels in our bathrooms and demonstrated how switching to air dryers could save money in the long run.
To clarify slightly on some of the statistics given: UVUSA, despite our unwavering commitment, did not invest $15,000 into the recycling program. The investment came from student tuition, which shows the importance that our administration puts on the recycling initiative.
We did, on the other hand, use approximately $1,500 to purchase 250 large white recycling stickers to label and help distinguish the new recycling bins throughout campus. With regard to UVUSA’s efforts to provide recycling options, Erica states that “it has come this far but it cannot stop here.” UVUSA would like to echo Erica’s comment: it cannot stop here.
These are truly the beginning movements of a large effort to have a more environmentally friendly campus. UVUSA calls on all students to share with us your ideas, comments or suggestions to make our campus greener. Come visit us in SC 105 or email our student body president at TrevorT@uvu.edu. Working together we can make a difference.