Students leave for summer in “green” fashion

April 29, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail

At the end of spring semester classes early next week, Saint Joseph's College will conduct its first-ever "green" student move-out. The "Go Green, Then Go Home" program will allow students heading home for the summer to recycle or give away unwanted items from their rooms, according to sustainability coordinator Jeanne Gulnick. Clothes and furniture will go to the Good Cause Thrift Shop in Portland, while the Make A Difference club on campus will send books, magazines and movies to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, donated school supplies will be taken to Guatemala during the annual student service trip there.

Volunteers in the central lounge of each residence hall will sort items for recycling and donation. "It's a great way to end the school year. We really want to cut down on the amount of stuff thrown away, and it saves money, too, because we don't have to clean out the rooms," said Gulnick.