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Book Collection at WFU Tops 8,000 lbs

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

betterworldbooks-gifAs of May 2013, students, faculty, and staff on the Reynolda campus have collected and donated a cumulative 8000 pounds of books to Better World Books, an online bookstore, social enterprise, and B Corporation. Founded in 2002, Better World Books has raised nearly $15 million for global literacy projects, including $7.3 million for literacy and education nonprofits and $7.2 million for libraries nationwide. Since its founding, the organization has re-used or recycled over 146 million pounds of books – that’s over 100 million books.

At Wake Forest, we  began collecting books for donation to Better World Books in 2009. Our students donate an average of approximately 2000 pounds of books during move-out each year. Collection boxes are placed in the bookstore, making it convenient for students to donate the books that the bookstore isn’t able to buy back.

From time to time, faculty members also clean out their offices and clear off their bookshelves. Several have opted to donate their unwanted books to Better World Books. The process is simple: the Office of Sustainability delivers boxes to a departmental liaison; once the boxes are packed and taped, the office prints and delivers pre-paid UPS labels and the boxes are picked up for shipping. We cannot accept textbooks that are more than ten years old. Instead, those can be recycled locally.

Better World Books sells some of the donated books online and returns a portion of the proceeds to the programs it supports. For the first time this year, Better World Books invited Wake Forest to designate a local literacy partner to support. We chose the Augustine Project for Literacy’s Literate Girls program, a unique tutoring program that supports low-income girls with learning differences in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

For more information about Wake Forest’s relationship with Better World Books or how you can get boxes for an office clean-out, contact the Office of Sustainability at or at ext. 3328.

By Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, Director of Sustainability

Call to Action: Reduce Move-Out Waste

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

We need your help spreading the word about all the great waste reduction programs that are in place for move-out. Last year, we kept more than 10 tons of books, furniture, clothes, paper and other items out of the landfill. We need your help to be successful again this year. Please familiarize yourself with the following programs and spread the word to your friends. A small effort at move-out can really make a difference, so be sure to do your part.

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Move-out waste reduction efforts yield increased success

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Move Out 2011Residence Life and Housing, Facilities and Campus Services, and the Office of Sustainability improved on the success of the end-of-year move-out waste reduction efforts again this year. Through effective programming and student involvement, 10.136 tons of books, house wares, clothing, paper and other items were diverted from the waste stream. This number, 13.34 percent of the total waste stream for campus move-out, represents a nearly 6 ton increase in waste diverted over last year’s total.

Deacs Donate, a program designed by the Resident Student Association and Residence Life and Housing to collect house wares, furniture, clothing and canned goods disposed of by students during move-out, put 7100 pounds of goods into the hands of the Salvation Army and those in need. In addition to bags of clothing, towels, bedding and small appliances, 108 area rugs, 90 shelving units, 8 televisions, and 22 pieces of furniture were collected through this program.

Students once again kept used textbooks out of the dumpsters through the Better World Books program. Large cardboard collection boxes were placed near check-out lines in the Campus Bookstore so that students could make the quick decision to donate books that the bookstore was unable to buy back. More than 1500 pounds of books from the university will be sold to fund literacy programs around the globe.

Nearly 5 tons of paper was collected for recycling between May 6, when the first students moved out of residence halls and May 16, when all seniors vacated their residence halls. This category represents that largest increase in waste diversion of any single category. Students recycled 10 times as much paper this year as was collected during the pilot Recycle Your Notes campaign last year. This success can be attributed to new individual paper recycling bags, designed and distributed by Residence Life and Housing.

First-year students were given the option of returning or reusing the green personal recycling totes distributed during orientation this year. Through an effective collaboration between Residence Life and Housing and Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Megan Anderson, more than 600 bins were collected for redistribution to returning students next year, which kept 1278 pounds of plastic out of the waste stream.

That the total waste diverted more than doubled from last year is encouraging. In order to maximize the positive environmental impact of our programs, however, the total waste created by the campus must be minimized. By measuring and monitoring the total waste generated during this period, the university has taken a critical step toward supporting students in reducing that number.

By Caitlin Brooks, Communications and Outreach Intern

Students divert 4.4 tons of waste

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleFrom unwanted textbooks to used furniture to notebook paper, university students together diverted more than 8,725 pounds of waste from dumpsters and landfills during 2010 move out, the most waste intensive part of the academic year.

For the 3rd semester in a row, the university partnered with Better World Books to give students a way to dispose of unwanted textbooks that the bookstore cannot buy back. Huge cardboard boxes sat waiting near the book store registers. By the end of move out, they had collected 2500 pounds of books, a 40 percent increase over last year’s poundage.

Better World Books was founded in 2002 to collect and resell textbooks to fund literacy initiative at home and abroad. To date, the company has donated 2.3 million books to partner programs around the world. In doing so, they have diverted more than 13,000 books from landfills.

Residence Life and Housing played a major role in reducing waste and promoting reuse again this year. The university’s move out program, formerly “Stop, Drop and Go” was renamed “Deacs Donate” to huge success. Through this program, students donated more than 5,225 pounds of clothing, small appliances, and household goods to the Salvation Army. This amount alone was a huge increase over last year’s donation. In addition to the boxed house wares, students also donated 138 area rugs, 47 shelving units, 44 full length mirrors, 12 couches, a 16 foot ladder and an exercise bike.

In a new initiative called “Recycle Your Notes,” the Office of Sustainability interns collected 1000 pounds of notepaper from the semester in only a couple hours. This collection prevented the paper from being thrown in trash bins and dumpsters. Half-filled notebooks, with the original owner’s notes recycled, can now be reused.

Caitlin Brooks, Outreach and Communications Intern