Investigation 3

September 17, 2016

SMC B206

Mr. Caswell

Investigation 3

          One of the great ways that the USFSM campus helps with the environment is the use

of recycling. The Stanford University website mentions that recycling can conserve energy

and conserve the air. The lessening the amount of recyclable material which goes into the

trash could make a big difference for the environment. Recycling also allows material to be

used for great purposes, such as how recycling aluminum cans use up less energy in

comparison to creating aluminum out of bauxite. In fact, all around campus, one can see

recycle containers, showing that the university cares greatly for recycling.

          Another great way is that the USFSM campus keeps many trees around as opposed to

cutting them all down. Not only do trees help grow certain foods which help keep us

energized, such as fruit, but trees also help reduce green house gas emissions, which

would otherwise warm the Earth too much. In this regard, greatly lessening the amount of

trees could prove to be catastrophic for Earth’s population. The university has obviously

considered this at some point as many of the trees surrounding the area could have been

cut down, such as for a bigger parking lot, but they weren’t.

          One way the ways the USFSM campus could improve on is by increasing the number

of recycling bins on campus. Although it had been previously mentioned how great it was

for USFSM to have been using recycling in general, it seems only reasonable and natural

for the university to have every single trash bin be paired up with a recycling bin. A study

conducted by the University of Houston-Clear Lake found that recycling was increased

when recycling bins were put in classrooms, leading to the number of plastic bottles in

trash bins decreasing.

          Speaking of plastic bottles, another way the USFSM could be even more friendly to

the environment would be to add more water-refueling stations. Although there do

already exist such stations on campus, it would surely be beneficial to add more, at least at

station-lite water fountains. In the case money is an obstacle, then what could be done is

that every water fountain could be removed and replaced with a water-refueling station

altogether. Doing this would potentially waste less water, which inevitably happens when

using a water fountain, and encourage students to use reusable bottles more, which the

campus could provide to them at the beginning of semesters.


Loo, J., Souvannavong, O., Dawson, I. (2014, December 1). Seeing the trees as well as the forest: The importance of managing forest genetic resources. Retrieved from

O’Connor, R., Lerman, D., and Fritz, J. (2010, Winter). Retrieved from Effects of Number and Location of Bins on Plastic Recycling at a University.

Stanford. Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits of Recycling. Retrieved from

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