More green good for campus
31 March 2010
Public relations officer
New green initiatives have led to an increase in the number of recycling bins on Avondale College's Lake Macquarie campus.
Each house occupied by a staff member on Central Road now has a recycling wheelie bin. Each floor in women's residences Andre and Ella Boyd Halls does, too, although these bins are smaller than those at the houses. The same bins will soon appear on each floor of men's residence Watson Hall. And two new 660-litre bins, one behind Andre and one behind Watson, bring to four the number of large recycle bins on campus--the other two are at the side of the cafeteria.
The bins are an initiative of the Cleaning Committee, chaired by the vice-president (finance), Francois Keet. He and campus supervisor Bruce Cantrill have also coordinated the installation of whirlybirds in each of the College View residences (formerly the married student units). These will reduce moisture and heat.
There is less of both in Andre since the installation of 10-minute timers on the lights in the bathrooms. The students are taking shorter showers, which is reducing water use, reports women's residence director Deirde Hough. The students also received a free reusable bag in worship this past Wednesday.
The initiatives are part of Avondale's commitment to becoming a more ecologically sound manager of the environment of its Lake Macquarie campus. They also come as Avondale accepts an invitation from the Lake Macquarie City Council and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change to participate in a Sustainability Advantage Program. The council says the program helps organisations understand sustainability, manage for a better environment and add business value.
Caption: Avondale's Lake Macquarie campus goes green with new recycling bins. The introduction of the wheelie bins in the women's residences is part of the college's commitment to becoming a more ecologically sound manager of its environment.
Credit: Trent McCrow
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