Recycling just got easier on campus thanks to Keep America Beautiful and 150 new recycling bins!

UC San Diego Wins Keep America Beautiful Recycling Grant

Left to right: I Love A Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson, UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning Gary Matthews, Chief Procurement Officer Ted Johnson, undergraduate students, and Facilities Management Housekeeping staff celebrate the university’s win of a 2017 Keep America Beautiful recycling bin grant by — what else? — recycling! Photo credit: Rhett Miller, UC San Diego

Recycling just got easier on campus thanks to Keep America Beautiful and 150 new recycling bins!

UC San Diego is one of 48 recipients nationwide of a recycling bin grant from Keep America Beautiful, which has been working since 1953 to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities.

Staff have already begun placing 150 new bins across the university inside buildings like the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CaliT2), several engineering buildings, and its iconic Geisel Library.

To celebrate, Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning Gary Matthews and Chief Procurement Officer Ted Johnson welcomed I Love A Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson to campus on Friday, April 13. A local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, I Love A Clean San Diego leads and inspires the San Diego region to conserve and enhance the environment through example, outreach, and local involvement. VC Matthews, CPO Johnson, and ED Martinson had the chance to interact with a few of our dedicated Housekeeping staff from Facilities Management staff, the “boots on the ground” who make sure recyclables go into our blue bins and, from there, into the outside larger bins that will be emptied and taken to off-site sorting facilities.

They also had the chance to meet a few of our inspiring students, all of whom are currently interning for offices on campus like Planning or Sustainability,  learning about and assisting with green building or environmental planning efforts. ED Martinson also got a tour of the Sustainability Resource Center, where our center manager and students have developed a number of recycling collection centers and educational displays — all part of UC San Diego’s zero waste initiative.

This is a milestone year for Keep America Beautiful and its corporate sponsor, Coca-Cola. With the help of Keep America Beautiful and many other partners and communities across the country, The Coca-Cola Company achieved the 1 million mark for recycling bins donated to communities this year.

A very big thank you to Keep America Beautiful for this generous grant. We are already putting the bins to good use making sure we recycling more and send less to the landfill!

PS Want to know what to put in one of those new blue bins you might see in a building on campus? Print a recycling sign for your residence hall or on-campus apartment, office or laboratory!

Sara McKinstry, Campus Sustainability Manager, on behalf of lots of staff and students who help move us towards zero waste

Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) Update Sept/Oct 2015

The UCSD Staff Sustainability Network made popcorn popular with the help of solar energy and Engineers for a Sustainable World at the All Staff Picnic in August 2015

The UCSD Staff Sustainability Network made popcorn popular with the help of solar energy and Engineers for a Sustainable World at the All Staff Picnic in August 2015

Written by Alison Sanchirico, UCSD’s Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) member and staff at the UC San Diego Extension International Programs

At UCSD’s annual Summer Celebration (All Staff Picnic), Tritons had the opportunity to traverse through time by viewing an early 80s DeLorean automobile, and admiring the newly-invented UCSD Solar Roller.  Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), a UCSD student organization, designed and built the Solar Roller, a mobile solar charging station with solar tracking.  For the Summer Celebration, UCSD’s Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) teamed up with ESW to help promote renewable energy by using the Solar Roller to power a movie theater styled popcorn machine that provided popcorn for more than 150 Tritons who stopped by the SSN booth!

At the booth, attendees had the opportunity to donate to SSN by buying a variety of UCSD Staff Sustainability Networknative plants that were grown by SSN member Chris Johnson.  Attendees were also able to make sustainability pledges, enter a raffle for a reusable bamboo cup, and ask current eco-passionate SSN members about the advantages of becoming a member of the Staff Sustainability Network.  SSN also provided several volunteers who collaborated with UCSD Facilities Management to ensure that recyclables at the event made it into the proper receptacle, thus minimizing the amount of waste going to the landfill. In the years to come, SSN hopes to play a larger role in UCSD events with composting efforts to make all future staff events true zero waste events.

A special thank you to SSN’s Events Officer, Yvonne Brown, and all of the hard working SSN volunteers who helped make the event a success!  126 visitors signed-up at the SSN booth for more information, and we hope to see many of you again at our next general meeting!  SSN meetings are every third Thursday of the month.  If you missed us at the celebration, please check us out on Blink!