PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund Update

Written by Joe Cicchetto

What a difference a year makes!  Last April, St. Andrews had been selected as one of 19 recipients (out of 60 proposals) for the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact fund and received funding for a collaborative campus venture among the Student Government Association, Office of Student Affairs and SAU Leadership.  The grant would be used to initiate a campus-wide recycling project that the Green Knight Initiative Committee would oversee.

Jump to March, 2019, and the results of that recycling venture on campus powered by the Green Knight Initiative are on course to divert an estimated 60,000 lbs. of recyclable materials from the Scotland County landfill.  Housing and Residence Life Director Clifton Dial and SGA President Eduardo Andrade ‘19 have been in communication with Scotland County Solid Waste to ensure that recycling efforts meet the requirements of the local municipality.

The success of the campus program was furthered by St. Andrews representation at the

Carolina Recycling Association’s 28th Annual conference on March 18 at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.   Dial and Andrade presented the recycling program development story of SAU recycling and participated in round table discussions with other universities such as the Citadel, USC, Appalachian State, Clemson, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State.

SAU alum BJ Tipton ’85, who is the head of UNC Chapel Hill’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, was at the conference and shared her reactions with President Paul Baldasare Jr. ’77 about St. Andrews presentation.  “I have to tell you what a great job Eduardo and Clifton did at the Carolina Recycling Association’s Collegiate Recycling Coalition workshop this past week at the Citadel.  They gave the best presentation of all—and that’s not just my opinion.  Their approach to the recycling program and grant request was great. They were able to talk about all the right details of getting a program off the ground and maintaining support for it—from working with the collection staff, to visiting the processing facility, working with the city, and selecting bags!  They were spot on.  Again, you are very lucky to have such committed, articulate, and professional representatives for St. Andrews. They made me proud!”

President Baldasare added his congratulations.  “The response from BJ Tipton is the highest praise!  As the head of recycling at UNC Chapel Hill, BJ is considered one of higher education’s most knowledgeable and successful recycling leaders.  For her to be so impressed with your work is an amazing stamp of approval.  Thanks for all that you’ve done and will continue to do to keep us focused on recycling.”

The Green Knight Initiative hopes to finish up the year strong with the Scotland County Green School Jam on April 17 and an SAU Earth Day celebration on April 28.

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.  The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.—30—