The Sustainability Committee and the Office of President Anderson hosted the first annual Millersville University Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 22 to promote the importance of conservation and recycling.
Students, faculty and community members were welcomed to the free event at the SMC Atrium from 10am-4pm to grab a fair trade coffee and walk through various booths that displayed ways for our campus to take part in sustainability.
“More people need to be involved and aware of what’s going on in the world,” Millersville student Katlyn Selekman said. “It’s more than just pollution. Sustainability is important for us to learn about and we need to spread awareness so that younger generations can continue our efforts for the future.”
The largest booth was the TerraCycle/Smile Train program. Two tables were full of waste including shoes, clothes, bottles and plastic cups. Students learned that these are just a few of the items that can be TerraCycled. Once these items are collected, the program uses the profit to fund cleft palate surgeries on children around the world.
Millersville University has already collected 2,000 pounds of waste and funded 10 surgeries. Visitors were encouraged to continue TerraCycling in the new receptacles that will be placed all around campus.
Another popular display was the All American Sun Oven. Al Unrath from the information technology department explained how solar cookers like his are a great way to save energy and still get a hot meal.
“Just put everything in and sit it in the sun and come home to a hot meal at the end of the day,” he said.
Unrath’s solar oven could heat up to about 350 degrees and cook a full meal using the sun as power. He even built a few cookers himself and would like to do an event on campus this spring where students can build their own too.
At another station, students were able to see how energy from natural resources can be converted to electricity using a solar-wind energy training system. The system used sunlight or wind to charge up a battery and generate electricity through various light bulbs and outlets. Students hovered at this station to watch and hear about how much energy can be conserved when using a natural resource as power.
Other booths included upcycled items such as soda can tab bracelets, how to properly recycle batteries, Noble Chemical Incorporated’s biodegradable materials, electric vehicles and information from the Environment Recovery Corporation on how to recycle different kinds of waste from food to portable restrooms.
As students learned, they were invited to take several free items including brochures, coffee, pens, bags and notepads. There were also opportunities to pledge with the Aevidum club to become a mentally healthy campus and to answer a short quiz for the chance to win a pair of Inkkas shoes.
“Today is a symbol of sustainability,” President Anderson said. He is proud of the work that Millersville’s campus is doing and hopes that our efforts towards this cause grow.