What Can You Do?
Everyone on campus can become a part of the college's sustainability efforts. One of the easiest ways you can get involved is by reducing paper waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 35 to 45 percent of solid paper waste comes from office buildings, schools and other institutions. Although office recycling has increased over the years, still less than half of office paper is recycled. In 2009, Brooklyn College recycled 75 tons of mixed paper, but there were many loose sheets that didn't make it to the recycling bins.
In fall 2010, the Facilities Office supplied all college offices with paper-only recycling bins, making it even easier for everyone to recycle all waste paper — including botched printouts, used envelopes, loose papers and collapsed cardboard boxes. A flyer, provided with the bin, explained what should and, more importantly, should not end up in the recycling bins.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the paper recycling bins, contact the Facilities Custodial Office, extension 5265.
Groups, Clubs and More
Brooklyn College students are taking an active role in our sustainability efforts, from running a coffee collective on campus to building urban farms in New Orleans.
Brooklyn College Coffee
In collaboration with the Brooklyn College Student Center, this student-founded-and-run coffee shop and collective was initiated in spring 2009 by a committed group of students and officially opened in spring 2010. Located in the Student Center, it serves the college community and surrounding neighborhoods some of the best-tasting coffee around. All of the coffee beans are ethically sourced and come from small farms in partnership with its distributor, Counter Culture Coffee.
Brooklyn College Coffee increases student involvement and participation in the college community; promotes sustainability through a cost-effective cooperative business structure and the selling of direct-trade coffee; and offers a bridge between classroom-based and real-world education.
Students for Global JusticeThis group aspires to increase civic engagement and social responsibility and to promote a deeper knowledge of, debate about, and practice of democracy while cultivating cultural competencies with the students and the campus community. In summer 2009, it sponsored two 14-day brigades surrounding food justice and youth empowerment. Approximately 500 college and high school students from all across the United States participated in the Food Justice Summer. By creating urban farms, new schools and storm-resistant homes, students tackled social and environmental inequities while developing critical skills in community organizing, farming, education and construction to build a nationwide movement.