to build awareness. The action plan included more strategic siting of current
recycling opportunities: for example, providing bins in areas at which students
gather outdoors. One prominent location is now at “K-Ville,” the famous Duke
tent community in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium, where students camp out
in hopes of receiving basketball tickets. Placing bins appropriate to the type of
activity in various buildings on campus (e.g., white paper bins in dorms and
computer labs adjacent to printers) was also recommended. Other aspects of the
program's design included:
Letter to incoming freshman with a shopping list emphasizing Energy-Star
appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and so on.
Notification to students on “e-printing” and setting the default to double-
sided printing to conserve paper.
Information on what can be recycled on campus, and where, during move-
The Office of Information Technology sending e-mail notification of the
risks of leaving computers on for extended periods of time.
Easy access to cardboard recycling during move-in.
Refillable Nalgene water bottles distributed as part of the orientation pro-
During the first few weeks of life on campus, creation of a place outside each
dorm to display the quantity of trash being generated and encouragement
of competition for reducing the amount of waste, with one bag removed
for every bag of recycling (winning dorms being rewarded over the course
of the semester with monthly and semester rewards).
The final aspect of Elizabeth's proposal included identification of the costs for
implementing the program, which were contained by utilizing existing organiza-
tions on campus such as student groups and a small portion of dorm funding for
student activities that would be redirected to support the orientation program.
In addition to student groups, the support of housekeeping and “Duke recycles”
staff would provide willing human resources to advance the program.
SEEING THE FUTURE THROUGH GREEN-COLORED GLASSES
More recently, we have tailored the course to be part of the focused, thematic
first-year program at Duke. These students have continously identified new ways