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Sustainability Assessment


We utilize our environmental Health Department to recycle hazardous chemicals.

Virtually every building on campus has recycling containers for paper products, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Recycling has topped 700,000 pounds of materials, which now include white paper, colored paper, mixed paper, cardboard, steel, bottles, cans, and cooking oil.

This year, in 2009 Recycle Mania students helped collect more than One Million pounds of recyclables during the period.

In spring 2008 the Recycling department’s Donated, Don’t Dump It program collected more than 6,300 pounds of clothing, desk accessories, bedspreads and other miscellaneous items, which were given to the Samaritan House, Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries.

In 2009 our Recycling Department worked with Virginia Social Ventures.Spotlight Books (formerly Virginia Social Ventures (VSV)) is a program of The Up Center, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 children and family services organization located in Norfolk, Virginia. Spotlight Books is a nonprofit business in the Hampton Roads area which provides a pathway out of poverty through on-the-job training, support services and employment opportunities, decreasing the need for public support and increasing long term economic self-sufficiency.

100% of Spotlight's proceeds are used to fund the on-the-job training that takes place in conjunction with the operation of this business. Used books, textbooks, books on tape, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs are some of the items that are donated.

Recycling also reached out to the community and gave teaching sessions to the students of Larchmont School .

Mohawk Commercial Carpets that the University has been using has been participating in the drive to be more environmentally friendly. Many of their products are made partly from recycled plastic bottles, rubber tires, and windshield glass. Every year, Mohawk keeps over 3 billion plastic bottles out of landfills, recycling them into carpets. In 2004 they recycled 10 million lbs. of crumb rubber tires – the equivalent to 720,000 tires- into designer door mats. Mohawk offers a recovery program for broadloom or carpet tiles being removed from the university.

Our Motor Pool recycles used motor oil.

ODU’s Student National Environmental Health Association, held several electronics recycling drives in 2008 and had cell phone collection boxes throughout the campus.

The Grounds Division has begun to use recycled wood chips from ODU storm damaged trees.

We have begun to replace paper towels dispensers with automated hand drier. This is a paper towel cost savings and labor saving.

Facility orders the installation of Certified Recycled mulch that is used in the playgrounds at Child Study and Child Development Centers.

See Recycling for more information.