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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

Green Move-Out produces thousands of pounds of donations to charity, setting record

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Roommate problems don’t always arise until a few weeks in, but it’s best to address issues before tension rises in your tiny residence hall room space.

Students donated more than 57,000 pounds of goods to local charities and nonprofit organizations while moving out of their residence halls in the spring, beating last year’s record for items donated during Green Move-Out, according to a report by the Office of Sustainability.

The report states 82 volunteers spent 605 hours donating 48,125 pounds of clothing and shoes, 8,000 pounds of household goods and bedding and 1,250 pounds of food to the Office for Student Success and local organizations like A Wider Circle, Bread for the City and Habitat for Humanity. The number of pounds donated during this year’s Green Move-Out tops last year’s record set at more than 54,000 pounds.

The donated goods prevented 12 truckloads of waste from reaching landfills and saved $20,500 in disposal fees and labor costs, according to the report.

The Office of Sustainability started the Green Move-Out program in 2014 to promote sustainability and decrease waste produced during student move-out in the spring.

A University spokesperson said on top of reducing waste produced when students move out of their residence halls, the Office of Sustainability also aims to retain some donated goods to distribute back to students for free in the fall this year. 

“We have succeeded in both goals and look forward to hosting our Reuse Market on August 22 on University Yard from 4-7p.m., where students can shop for gently used dorm essentials and support sustainability,” the spokesperson said in an email.

The spokesperson said the goals of next year’s Move-Out are to further engage the University community to encourage more volunteer and donation turnout, and to continue the “great momentum” from this year.

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