UT and Good Will partner for ‘Give and Go: Move Out 2013’ | Environment
TOLEDO, OH (Press Release) — With the end of the spring term and students packing up for the summer break, University of Toledo is preparing for the annual move out flood of unwanted household items typically discarded by students departing on-campus housing. This year the school is participating in a nationally piloted program called Give and Go: Move Out 2013 to keep these items out of the trash and instead see them put to “good re-use”. Between April 29 – May 6 The University of Toledo will work with Goodwill® to set out special donation bins at all resident halls for use by students cleaning out their rooms.
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that three million students live in campus housing at 2,100 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide. Each year, students leaving campus encounter storage and car trunks that can only hold so much, and often leave perfectly good clothes, electronics, books and furniture in overflowing campus dumpsters.
“This is a growing problem for Northwest Ohio said Bob Huber, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, “We know The University of Toledo students are conservation-minded and willing to do something on behalf of the planet if it’s convenient and fun. Give and Go: Move Out 2013 is an easy clean-up solution that offers tangible results.”
The pilot initiative, organized by Keep America Beautiful and Goodwill® in conjunction with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), encourages college students to do something good by donating their unwanted clothing, kitchen items, electronics, books and dorm items as they clean out for summer break. The purpose of Give and Go is to encourage students to reduce waste and boost existing sustainability practices on campus. After students donate their goods, those items are sold at Goodwill stores, and the revenue is used to fund job training and community-based services for people who face challenges to finding employment.
The University of Toledo is one of five universities chosen for the initiative. The other institutions selected include Creighton University in Nebraska, Franklin College in Indiana, Northern Illinois University, and Trinity University in Texas.
“A box of books can provide 13 hours of on-the-job training, eight desk lamps can provide an hour-and-a-half of résumé preparation,” said Huber “Give and Go is an opportunity to donate responsibly and recognize how donating the things you can no longer use can have an important social impact.”