Meredith Sponsors Sustainable Summer Move Out

Meredith College has recently launched two efforts to help students move out of the residence halls in a more environmentally friendly manner.
One year-round program is the College’s new Daisy Trade ReUse Store, which is located in 114 Poteat. The Daisy Trade has clothing, books, shoes, room accessories and more. Students are invited to take what they like, and to donate items they are not using.

The Daisy Trade is a project of Meredith’s Office of Residence Life, the Office of the Sustainability Coordinator, and the Interior Design Program. Students in Professor Martha Burpitt’s Interior Design 444 course designed the store.

Detchon Walton, ’10, was a student designer for the project.

“It was fun because we got to put our design into application,” Walton said. “The most challenging parts were the budget and figuring out how to make the most out of the space.”

As students move out this year, they are encouraged to donate items to The Daisy Trade rather than throwing unwanted goods into the trash. Residence Life and the Sustainability Office are managing a pilot program to increase waste diversion. Reduce, reuse and recycle are the priorities.

Collection hubs are being set up between the Carlyle Campbell Library and Stringfield and also between Faircloth, Poteat and Barefoot. Hubs will include a trash dumpster, recycling bins, donation bins and a table for sorting.

Students have been provided with directions on what items can be accepted by The Daisy Trade, and the College is working in partnership with Goodwill to collect the overflow. A Goodwill truck is available to collect couches, bookshelves, tables, egg crate mattress covers and other large items.

The Daisy Trade ReUse Store and the waste diversion project were created as part of Meredith’s Greenprint sustainability plan. Both efforts relate to the College’s goals to model environmental responsibility in daily operations and to minimize waste generated.

The Greenprint plan also calls for the College to make reusable goods available first to the community before disposal, including office supplies, clothing, furniture, and books. In addition to the Daisy Trade, Meredith operates an office supply swap for faculty and staff.

Date Submitted: 2010-05-05

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