Students face many decisions as they begin their postsecondary education. Locating a school that not only offers their favorite program but is also satisfactory in every other sense can be a challenge. Students want to be confident that their choice will result in a viable career. With environmental concerns becoming ever more prominent in today’s society, scholars are seeking a green campus and green education more than ever before. If we are to continue on a path of sustainable living, our educational programs and campuses should reflect this goal.
So why should your school go green? It is important to keep up with this sustainable trend and by doing so you will attract more students and more income for your school.
Focusing on developing a green campus is a great start and an easy solution to attract more students. Investing in a recycling program is visible proof to students visiting your campus that providing a clean environment is a priority. Increasingly, visitors want to know if the toilets are flushed with rainwater, if the residences contain recycled material and how much electricity comes from wind turbines. Prepare well for those exploring your school, and invest in a recycling program first or focus on boosting your current program. Placing recycling bins throughout your school sends a clear message that your campus takes protecting our environment seriously. Place recycling bins where they are easily accessible and placed in high traffic areas such as the cafeteria, classrooms or dormitories. Providing both indoor and outdoor recycling stations ensures complete coverage of the surrounding campus area and allows for the organized collection of recyclables and waste. It is important to combine the garbage container with a recycling bin. Without both options, students will be more prone to littering and contaminating their garbage collection with recyclable material. Choosing recycling bins that have recycling signage will reinforce good recycling practices and remind students to participate.
Investing in a recycling program for your school will ultimately reduce your costs and generate revenue. Recycling generates revenue to help pay for itself, while filling landfills does not. About 60-80% of what was once considered “garbage” is in fact recyclable. Imagine cutting your garbage bills by 80% and then selling your recycled materials at a profit! A recycling program will provide structure and organization regarding the collection process at your school. If there are accessible recycling bins on campus, you will reduce the number of collections and the overall size of your regular garbage collection. This convenience generated by the simple solution of recycling bins will save you money. Who wouldn’t want that? It will also appeal to students who care about the environment and those considering a career in this field. Studies show that green careers are on the rise and more opportunities are becoming available in the areas of recycling and employment sustainability. Offering the right environmental programs will essentially play a key role in green jobs, creating them, retaining them and helping them grow. By emphasizing environmental commitment in aspects of your school both physically and educationally, it can help ensure that graduates enter sustainable careers. As this career field is on the rise, an increase in postgraduate employment will give your school an excellent reputation in the workforce.
It is one thing to incorporate green education into your curriculum, but quite another to apply the technologies and services throughout your institution as well. Ensuring your school has an effective recycling program that is clearly communicated to your students is a great start. Together, these efforts are a sure sign that your school supports a greener future. If we are to work to improve our environment and make a difference, our future generations must be armed with the right skills when they graduate. Make sure your school contributes!