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Going Green 

Moon Township, Pa. -- April 22 is Earth Day, and we want to invite you to go green with RMU. The university has a series of activities and informational events planned to promote sustainability and good environmental stewardship. These include:

• The Speaking of Business lecture, which this year features two speakers, both focusing on sustainability. The first speaker will be Brian Shuttleworth, director of operational risk management and sustainability for the H.J. Heinz Co. Joining him will be Matthew M. Mehalik, program manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh. Shuttleworth will discuss sustainable management processes for the planet, its people, and Heinz’s products, in order to increase sustainable brand value. Mehalik will be speaking about local efforts in the area of sustainability from the business and local government perspective. After a 40 minute presentation the floor will be open for questions. The lectures take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Massey Theater.

• Student and faculty/staff organizations will man informational displays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Nicholson Center Food Court. The Association of Computing Machinery will be accepting old computers for recycling; the Office of Student Civic Engagement is organizing a used textbook drive for Books for Africa; Students for Environmental Awareness will present information about recycling on campus; the Black Student Union will hold a trivia contest with prizes; the School of Business will present “The Curious Case of Sustainability”; and the university’s Sustainability Committee will present steps you can take in your everyday lives to more environmentally friendly.

• New single-stream recycling bins will be introduced in Nicholson Center and Massey Hall. You can use these bins to discard paper, glass, plastic and aluminum, all in one container. This recycling program is already available in the RMU residence halls and Pittsburgh Center.

We also invite you on Earth Day to join the entire campus in “powering down.” One of the easiest and quickest ways that RMU can reduce its energy consumption is for students, faculty and staff to always shut down your computers when you leave your office or home. Nationwide, organizations squander $2.8 billion each year by leaving computers on overnight, which produces 20 million tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of 4 million cars, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. And don’t forget those power strips – you’ll save even more energy if you unplug or switch them off every night.

Finally, if you are a RMU student, faculty or staff member, don’t forget to fill out the sustainability survey if you have not done so already by going to https://rmu.vovici.net/wsb.dll/s/1gef.

See you on Earth Day!