Armstrong Honors Earth Day with New Sustainability Initiative

(April 18, 2012) Armstrong Atlantic State University announces the first annual campus-wide Earth Day celebration to kick off the university’s new sustainability initiative, Making Maroon Green, which aims to mobilize and educate the university community about green initiatives on campus and to implement new sustainability measures. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Earth Day event on Monday, April 23, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. in the Student Union’s Residential Plaza.
The inaugural Making Maroon Green celebration will feature free refreshments and ice cream, courtesy of Armstrong’s Student Government Association, along with live entertainment from Armstrong band Lyn Avenue, eco trivia and prize giveaways. The Armstrong community is encouraged to start their spring-cleaning at the event and get involved in the eco-friendly movement by bringing old paper, light bulbs, batteries and small electronic devices to be recycled.
Making Maroon Green has rallied a number of local businesses and campus groups to participate and help launch the new initiative:
  • Georgia Power will swap old incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for free.
  • A large-volume paper shredder provided by Savannah Shredding will devour the campus’ abundance of loose paper. 
  • A Cartridges for Kids (CFK) station, sponsored by Waste Management, will collect old cell phones, empty laser and inkjet cartridges, laptops, iPods, PDAs, video games and consoles, scientific graphing calculators, digital cameras, DVDs, GPS devices and iPads/tablets/eReaders.
  • Waste Management will also demonstrate an exciting new product for the Savannah area.
  • Waste Pro, an Armstrong business partner, will distribute recycling information.
  • Batteries Plus will collect dead batteries for recycling.
  • Safety Kleen will give out hats and other prizes to those who attend.
  • Armstrong Plant Operations will recycle canisters of spray paint and other aerosols used on campus.
  • Armstrong Police Department, as part of the month-long National Drug Take Back program, will accept any expired unused prescription medications. 
  • Armstrong’s Environmental Club will install a recyclable tree made of bottles and cans, representing the average number of containers one person uses in a year to raise awareness about environmental issues.
The green trend continues after the Making Maroon Green kickoff. Currently, recycling bins for paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans are strategically placed throughout all campus buildings. Students moving out of Armstrong’s residential communities can also donate unwanted items to Goodwill, which will have bins on campus from April 24 to May 11. New green programs will be implemented throughout the next school year.
The Making Maroon Green committee, the Armstrong Student Government Association, Sodexo and the Armstrong Bookstore sponsor this event.