For Immediate Release
Contact: Deborah Gilleran
Georgian Court University Cited For Environmental Work
EPA Certificate Commends University on Waste Reduction Efforts
Lakewood, N.J., June 5, 2008—Georgian Court University has received an official commendation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “WasteWise Partner.” The commendation, signed by John F. Cross, chief of the Municipal Waste Reduction Branch of the EPA Office of Solid Waste, praises the university for demonstrating a commitment to waste reduction.
“This is an integral part of our sustainability program,” says Assistant Vice President of Operations Andrew Christ. “We started with recycling, and now we are very good at that. The next step is to actually minimize waste so we are generating less.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting both their bottom line and the environment. Started in 1994, the program allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored to their needs. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help its more than 1,900 member organizations conserve natural resources through solid waste reduction. There are 85 partners in New Jersey.
“It’s all part of the greening effort at Georgian Court University—getting the campus more Earth friendly—which is in line with the Sisters of Mercy [who founded and sponsor Georgian Court] core value of respect for all living things,” he adds.
In order to become a partner in the program, university officials submitted volumes of data to the EPA outlining the different waste and garbage generated by the campus. As a result, the EPA assists the university in suggesting ways to minimize the waste thus protecting the environment. Mr. Christ says that includes looking at everything from the containers in which food is served to working with office supply vendors to reduce the amount of packaging of supplies.
“You know, sometimes if you buy a box of paper clips it comes in a big box filled with paper. We’re telling vendors that we don’t want that,” he says.
The university has also implemented a “buy-a-mug” refillable coffee mug program to eliminate the number of paper coffee cups that are disposed on campus.
“It’s important because we’re saving the Earth. We are looking at the future of our Earth for our children and their children, as well as teaching our students to become good stewards of the environment. It’s just the right thing to do,” he says.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.
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