Greeks Go Green

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Publication Date: 10/15/2008

The Omicron Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  has stepped forward and asked for a job with the campus recycling effort. They didn’t have to ask twice.

Tracy Adkisson, associate director of physical plant and chair of the campus Environmental Planning Cooperative, asked the group to assume responsibility for monitoring and emptying the recycling bins in 051 Barret.

“Our on-demand, volunteer-based recycling process works beautifully for occupied areas but it really wasn’t designed for special-use areas like that,” Adkisson explains. “That space in particular is off the beaten path so there was no logical choice for a volunteer to monitor the area. Our recycling process is accomplished solely through work-study effort, and our capacity to introduce additional or enhanced service is limited (academics come first!). Partnering with student groups who want to be involved in our environmental efforts in a meaningful way gives us that extra capacity.”

Larry Hurd, president of Kappa Alpha Psi, says, “Our goal is to become valuable members of the Rhodes community through service. There are many ways to do this, but becoming partners in the recycling effort lets us ‘kill two birds with one stone’—helping the recycling center with their work while helping the environment.”

Hurd also has a bigger plan in mind. “We took over responsibility for the bins in Barret 051 since we do not have a house on campus. Our bigger goal is to get all of Greek life involved in this effort and I’m happy to report that Sigma Nu is already on board. A lot of recyclable materials are generated by fraternity and sorority houses so they are natural candidates. We are hoping all the groups who do have houses will join together to produce a greater effort. We think this could be really big!”