September 17, 2016
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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112714004861
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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2998261/
Stanford. Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits of Recycling. Retrieved from http://bgm.stanford.edu/pssi_faq_benefits