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Sustainability Update: On-campus Recycling Programs and...

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability  I hope everyone is having a great summer and taking much deserved vacations. I’ll keep this month’s article brief, sharing some important on-campus resources and also what has caught our team’s attention if you are looking for things to check out for vacation reading. […]

Students Create Green Works Recycling App

Thursday, May 6, 2021  A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses Did you ever wonder whether an item you were about to dispose of was recyclable? Were you ever unsure about whether you needed to follow a certain step before placing it in the recycling bin? If you answered yes, […]

The Place for Plastics: Bags, Wraps and Writing Instruments

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability  In 2015, a study found that from 192 coastal countries about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste ended up in the ocean annually. Put another way by lead author Dr. Jenna Jambeck, “It’s five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in […]

Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Single Stream...

Norberto Rodriguez, Custodial Services Supervisor, poses with new recycling bins made from recycled milk jugs. A Message from Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability A previously published Talking Trash article shared our upcoming transition to single stream recycling, also known as co-mingled recycling. The request for proposal (RFP) closed recently, and we will identify a new common vendor for […]

Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Low to No Waste...

A Message from Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability Imagine this: You decide to make the most of your last half-day Friday and go to the beach. You are walking down a boardwalk. It’s a cloudless day and the perfect weather to finally get a tan. An emerald ocean is glistening in the magnificent sunlight. Excitement builds with […]

Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Proposed Changes...

By Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability Last year, in one of the Talking Trash articles, I defined Valencia’s multi-stream recycling program, which is approximately seven years old. Internal conversations and meetings on this topic resulted in the support to develop a request for proposals (RFP) to identify a collegewide single stream recycling vendor. This RFP will be combined […]

Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Printer Cartridge and...

By Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability In September 2015, an informative article outlining the environmental, social and economic need to responsibly recycle used or unwanted printer cartridges and toners was published in The Grove. After a long stakeholder engagement process among Procurement, Sustainability, Courier Services, Campus Libraries and our new vendor PCR America, we have now successfully […]

West Campus to Pilot Reduction of Plastic Liners, Waste...

In 2009, Valencia joined a network of 685 institutions and became an early signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The resulting Climate Action Plan commits Valencia to become a climate neutral and zero waste institution by 2060. A core strategy used by institutions to successfully reduce waste and increase recycling […]

We’re Keeping Mr. Pin Man: Valencia Wins 2014 RecycleMania

For the third year in a row, Valencia has won the RecyleMania “waste minimization” category, an eight-week campaign where college and university recycling programs’ “RecyleManiacs” promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. By going paperless, switching to electronic media and adding centralized waste collection bins, the College inched out against two competitors. Valencia’s cutback […]

How to Dispose of Campus E-waste

Do you need to dispose of E-waste, such as old computers, bulbs, batteries or printer cartridges? If so, we ask that you place these items with your outgoing mail, and our courier services will dispose of the items for you. Potentially hazardous components like mercury, cadmium and nickel that can leak into the environment from […]