Spalding University’s Green Initiative Team was established to promote a more sustainable campus. The committee is composed of faculty, staff and students, and is focused on reducing the impact of Spalding University on the environment by reducing consumption of resources, recycling and reusing materials, and increasing green spaces on campus.
Single Stream Recycling
Spalding has implemented a green initiative using single-stream recycling—an economical and fiscally responsible mode of recycling. Single-stream recycling allows the Spalding community to dispose of recyclable material without the hassle of sorting. Marked receptacles can be found next to traditional waste receptacles in all buildings on campus. With the exception of Styrofoam, hazardous materials, and food contaminants, all other materials are accepted. Items such as spiral notebooks, paperback books, bottles of any kind, plastic containers, newspaper, paper bags, aluminum and tin cans, and cardboard are just a few examples of acceptable items. A complete listing of items is available through QRS Recycling (http://www.qrsrecycling.com/single-stream). Through this initiative, Spalding has significantly reduced the amount of waste sent to the landfill, with over 60% of waste now being recycled.
Becoming a Paperless Campus
In recent years, Spalding University has reduced paper consumption over 50%. Student files are now maintained in an electronic document management system and nearly all registrations are done online via http://my.spalding.edu. The registrar and several other student services areas have reduced the amount of paper consumed by utilizing email and social media. Student printing has also been drastically reduced with our “pay for print” system. In addition, Spalding faculty are using Moodle to create and receive assignments, further reducing the need for students to print documents. Student printing on campus has been reduced by 90% compared to previous years.
Spalding University continues our initiative aimed at increasing the amount of green space on campus to improve our aesthetics and provide more outdoor gathering space for students.