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San Joaquin Valley College Faculty and Staff Raise Money for Student Graduates – One Bottle at a Time

January 6, 2020

When it comes to helping students and lessening the impact on our environment, every little bit counts. That is why faculty and staff at the San Joaquin Valley College Central Administrative Office began collecting recyclables in order to help raise funds and support their students.

It all began a few years ago when SJVC’s former Marketing Director, Beth Hyde, brainstormed some simple, yet effective, ways in which they could help students and the environment. The answer was to set up recyclable trash bins throughout the campus and encourage others to recycle their trash instead of simply throwing it away. It was an easy adjustment, as it didn’t require any added costs or additional work.

Recycling reduces the use of natural resources by reusing materials. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Health, recycling plastic waste can save 70 percent of production energy and recycled glass can save up to 40 percent of overall production costs. In other words, making products from recyclables results in energy savings and in the long-run can actually provide a financial return to the consumer.

That is why the SJVC Central Administrative Office began collecting and recycling waste materials for the past several years. The administrative staff members saw this as an important initiative that can be applied to all college campuses. And as a result, they have cashed in on roughly $200 for simply recycling their trash.

Following some discussion and a campus raffle, the money from recycling will be donated towards graduation regalia for SJVC Modesto students. The Modesto campus also has a student store which donates cap and gowns, which they will add to the total contributions.

This just goes to show that a little effort can go a long way in helping students – and the environment as well.

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