Clark’s Student Sustainability Fund is proud to announce the launch of its first fully funded, student-designed project to improve Clark’s environmental impact! Last Thursday, new recycling bins were added to the main hallways of Jonas Clark Hall, and waste cans were removed from classrooms on two floors in a project led by Olivia McGill ’13 and Marla Carerra-Raleigh ’15. Since everyone passes through the hall landing going to and from the classrooms, it will be easy to take recycling and waste to the central locations. Not only will this improve the recycling rate in Jonas Clark dramatically (since the contents of the classroom bins have always just gone right to landfill), it will also reduce custodians’ time spent washing and emptying all the little waste cans.
Students, staff and faculty came to a celebration in Jonas Clark (with Earth-and heart themed cupcakes) and were universally supportive of the paradigm shift. “In Clark’s first and oldest building,” said McGill, “a seemingly small change will have big benefits. Clark has been and continues to be a leader in innovative sustainability initiatives.”
Other Student Sustainability Fund winning projects are underway right now and will be launching throughout the semester. For more information on the Student Sustainability Fund, visit its blog or read the SSF Guidelines.