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Sustainability Day activities planned; recycling options expand

October 22, 2012

The Environmental Sustainability Office at UW-Stout is working with students to sponsor a day of special activities and has expanded recycling options.

Five activities are scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 24, for Campus Sustainability Day to help raise awareness.

•  University Dining Services will showcase regional and local food options all day at its cafeterias and restaurants on campus.

Sustainable Stout logo•  The student chapter of the Sustainable Agriculture in Education Association will be selling plants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Memorial Student Center.

•  Stout Adventures is offering a free rock climb from 3-11 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Center climbing wall to anyone who signs the Sustainability Day pledge.

•  The film “Dirt” will be shown at 7 p.m. in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building, and plants will be sold.

•  The UW-Stout Optimists will hold a trash cleanup contest from 8-9 p.m. beginning outside Merle M. Price Commons.

Recently, the Environmental Sustainability Office worked with the student group Greensense and the student center to begin recycling batteries, inkjet and laserjet cartridges and personal electronics. A drop-off site is next to Brew Devils in the student center.

“For the past several years, there has been a demand to offer more battery recycling options for the campus, as well as other items, so this will meet that demand,” said Sarah Rykal, UW-Stout sustainability coordinator.

Greensense sells the recyclables to Terracycle, a national organization. Greensense plans to use the proceeds for campus sustainability initiatives.

For more information go to Environmental Sustainability or contact Rykal, 715-232-5254.

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