May 3, 2010
“Zero Waste” Commencement events, similar to the zero waste New Student Orientation in August, will help Emory end the 2009-10 academic year as it started. The composting of food and biodegradable service ware and recycling of plastic water bottles will occur at multiple Commencement events this month, including the Lullwater Open House Tour, Senior Dessert Reception, Baccalaureate Brunch and school graduation ceremonies, among others.
“We’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of schools that want to participate in Zero Waste events, and the Commencement season is the culmination of this year’s efforts to raise awareness about composting and recycling,” says Deena Keeler, who organizes recycling efforts campuswide as manager of Emory Recycles. “We will have ‘green team’ volunteers at these events to provide information to graduates and guests about where to put their waste. Look for the volunteers wearing large green buttons that say ‘This is a Zero Waste Event. ASK ME.'”
A total of 15 events during Emory’s Commencement celebrations are expected to be zero waste, all of which support Emory’s Sustainability Initiative to achieve 65 percent waste reduction on campus by 2015 from 2005 levels.