Pitt Community College's Sustainability Committee is committed to campus-wide, continuous improvement of resource efficiency through our Recycling Awareness and Education Campaign. Early steps in this campaign were led by instructor David Cerino and his BIO 111 students in the spring of 2012. Cerino and the students assessed the campus's recycling initiative and the location of recycling receptacles. Their findings showed that due to the presence of recycling containers inside PCC buildings, students and faculty produced a recycling rate of 67%. This means that of the materials placed in regular canisters, approximately a third could have been recycled had they been placed in the recycling containers. With an absence of recycling containers outside on PCC grounds, the outside recycling rate was 0%, and this lowered the campus-wide recycling rate to 25%.
The next step in the campaign began with promoting the visibility and accessibility of recycling stations. Recycling containers were placed in most of the larger classrooms and labs on campus. Many students and instructors took the extra step of placing their recyclables in these marked containers.
With our current plan having an impact on indoor recycling, the Sustainability Committee would like to see recycling initiatives move outdoors on Pitt Community College's campus. The Sustainability Committee is working toward a campus-wide recycling infrastructure for promoting, maintaining, collecting, and removing recyclable products.
PCC Earth Day
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Everyone can participate in sustainability efforts by purchasing produce locally. When you purchase produce from local growers, you are being Earth-friendly by helping to reduce transportation costs and packaging expenses and by supporting your local economy! Most of the produce in grocery stores has traveled approximately 1500 miles! Sustainability involves doing what is good for the environment, your health, your wallet and the economy. Take a step towards sustainability and plan now to join us for PCC Earth Day on April 16, 2014!