Sustainability & Students . . .
The Council of Student
Leaders (CSL), as the voice of the student body, are
committed to Winthrop University and our extended
community through appreciating diversity and
encouraging unity. In 2011, CSL amended the
Excellence to include
I will recognize the importance of environmental
stewardship and will acknowledge the ecological and
aesthetic consequences of my actions for future
For any student who wants to become a leader
that promotes sustainability,
there are several opportunities to do so:
- Join a student group
or ECO that focuses on educating the community
about unsustainable practices and grassroots
efforts to move us to a more sustainable future.
any student belonging to a organization or Greek
organization to sponsor one or two events each
semester that focuses on one or several aspects
of sustainability. If they do not know where to
begin, they should contact the
Center for Career
& Civic Engagement or the
and we will help to provide some direction.
Residence life and other student groups have in
the past conducted trash audits and hosted
cultural events that discussed a variety of
topics related to sustainability; below are just
a few examples.
Attend an event that
focuses on a topic that is related to
advance economic vitality, ecological integrity,
and social welfare.
- Enroll in the
Introduction to Sustainability course (SUST102)
that is currently offered during the spring
semester. This course examines sustainability
and carefully analyzes how social, economic, and
environmental issues are interconnected and is
required for the
this website on a regular basis to receive an
update about what is happening and find a
variety of resources that will help individuals
develop a better understanding of
Academic Success Communities
- Recycling bins are
located in every student room
- Recycling stations in
building lobby's or designated collection areas in
the residence hall
- Furniture in lobbies of
residence halls are sustainable, i.e. the
fabric is very easily replaced and individual
modules of each piece can be repaired without
replacing the entire unit.
- Laundry appliances are
- Resident Assistants
develop programming to educate residents about
- Developed and
implemented on-line procedures to eliminate
departmental forms and files on student and
- Winthrop has
a national recycling competition.
During the 2012 Winthrop
Wellness Fair, the ASC RA's hosted a water
taste test of tap water, bottled water, and filtered
tap water. Would you have been able to taste
Recycling in residence halls can be easy!
Student's can use the recycling bins in their rooms
to collect recyclables as they use them. Then,
recyclables can be taken to the designated areas in
each building. Never place trash or
non-recyclables in recycling bins. Contact the
RA if there is no recycling bin in the room.
Participants were then asked
to pledge their commitment to take active steps to
be more sustainable, to join fellow Eagles by being
a selfless steward considering the long-term
consequences of their actions and how these actions
will impact the environment in the future.
Specifically, through participating in the water
taste test, if the participant realized that there
was minimal differences between bottle, filtered,
and tap water, they would pledge to reduce the
amount of bottled water he or she consumes and
instead take advantage of reusable water bottles. Are you willing to take the pledge?
In 2013, Winthrop Partnered with
Industries of the Southern Piedmont
to collect items
for donation during as students moved out of their
residence halls. Below is the collection in
Moving on Out! was in response to what Winthrop
students sent to the landfill during 2012 move out,
wasting tons of usable items that contain valuable
The image below is of
items discarded by Winthrop students during move
out at the end of the 2011/12 academic year. Much
of this 'trash' could have been recycled or
donated. What else do you notice about the
'trash' that was discarded?
When moving out, residents should consider
what they do with his or her unwanted items:
- Recycle all trash that
can be recycled.
- Donate furniture, rugs,
and other home accessories to a local thrift
- Donate any
non-perishable food items, toilet paper,
paper towels, clothes, laundry detergent, etc. to
a local charity.
coordinator with questions about
what to do with unwanted items when moving out of
Winthrop's residence halls.
Green Tips for College
Naomi Rockler-Gladen, Jul 9, 2007
Organizations can offer many
to advance economic vitality, ecological integrity,
and social welfare. Student organizations can
be innovative in their approach to proposing and/or
promoting sustainable initiatives on Winthrop's
In addition, the
Center for Career
& Civic Engagement can offer
students and student organizations assistance by
locating service learning and volunteer
opportunities with the surrounding community or
other regions of the United States that are in need.
Trash audit SEAC conducted of
Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and
Wellness Center April 2012.
SustainUS has launch
Lead Now Fellowship, a
new program focused on supporting young leaders who
are developing projects that will catalyze change
toward a thriving planet!