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$50,000 grant funds recycling program expansion

Student-faculty-staff collaboration improves campus sustainability

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Augsburg College can boost its efforts to divert organic and compostable items from trash and other recycling thanks to a $50,000 recycling grant from the Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department. The funding will be used to purchase indoor and outdoor bins, rolling carts, and signage to foster increased composting of organic material and the proper disposal of mixed recyclables.

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, Facilities and Custodial staff, and the Augsburg Day Student Government’s Environmental Action Committee collaborated to submit the grant proposal.

“Thousands of people touch the campus in some way during the course of one year,” said Amber Lewis ’17 MAE, an Environmental Stewardship Fellow who supports on-campus sustainability initiatives. “In addition to students, faculty, and staff, guests join our community for graduation ceremonies, sporting events, performances, convocations, summer camps, conferences, and workshops. This presents us with an opportunity to share a clear message about the importance of recycling in our community.”

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