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Making Maroon Green

Making Maroon Green (MMG) is Armstrong’s campus-wide environmental sustainability initiative.  Comprised of faculty, staff and students, MMG sponsors yearly Earth Day events and coordinates the campus wide Recycling Building Captain Program. 

To celebrate Earth Day each year, MMG screens a film about environmental awareness. Past films include Trashed and Blackfish.

Building Captains are liaisons for environmental questions and concerns for their assigned building. Additionally, Building Captains serve as a collection location for hard to recycle items (including ink cartridges and electronics) that are then donated to the Cartridges for Kids Program

Why Go Green?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population is expanding at a mind-boggling rate. The world reached 1 billion people in 1800; 2 billion by 1922; and over 6 billion by 2000. It is estimated that the population will swell to over 9 billion by 2050. That means that if the world’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people has in 1950.

The world has a fixed amount of natural resources - some of which have already been depleted. So as population growth greatly strains our finite resources, there are fewer resources available. If we intend to leave our children and grandchildren with the same standard of living we have enjoyed, we must preserve the foundation of that standard of living. We save for college educations, orthodontia, and weddings, but what about saving clean air, water, fuel sources and soil for future generations?

Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away everyday. Household batteries and electronics often contain dangerous chemicals that may, if sent to a local landfill, leak through the bottom barrier and pollute the groundwater. This can contaminate everything from the soil in which our food grows, to the water which will eventually come out of aquifers and into our tap water. Many of these chemicals cannot be removed from the drinking water supply, nor from the crops that are harvested from contaminated fields. The risks to human health are tremendous.

Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling.

Need more reasons to go green this year, or go greener?

You'll get a lot of personal benefits out of going green, and it's easier than you think.

Are you Making Maroon Green?

Tell us what you're doing to help conserve energy and preserve our environment, and we'll post your ideas on the site. With ideas and tips from each of us, we can collectively make a difference!

If you have questions about recycling on campus, please contact your specific building captain.  If you have questions or concerns about building maintenance, please contact facility services. If you are a student and interested in becoming involved with the student environmental group, Go Green Armstrong, visit them on Facebook.

For general questions about Making Maroon Green, and for those interested in getting involved, please contact Alison Hatch or Laurie Adams.

Did you know...

  • For every ton of paper recycled, we save: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average house for six months.

  • You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.

  • By recycling just one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.

  • When a landfill becomes a “landfull,” taxpayers have to build a new one. The less we throw away, the longer our landfills will last.

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By The Numbers

Once—number of times most of the more than 25 billion cartons manufactured in the U.S. are used

55%—water saved by producing recycled paper as compared to virgin paper. Recycled paper also takes 60-70 percent less energy to produce than paper from virgin pulp

120—tons of steel saved if every UK office worker used one less staple a day

8 billion—gallons of gas saved if every commuter car in the U.S. carried just one more person