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Earth Day all year long

Earth Day all year long
In its sixth year, UTM Recycles!  has grown leaps and bounds, getting more Martin citizens, students and faculty from UT Martin involved in their projects. The brightly-decorated recycling barn has been accepting material for three years. Last year, according to Dr. Angelina Mackewn, it recycled 40 tons of glass, 38 tons of metal , 46 tons of plastic and 245 tons of cardboard as well as over 13,000 used books.
UTM Recycles! introduces students to the program the minute they arrive by helping them move into their dorms and recycle their moving boxes. Then it hosts various ecological events throughout the year, including Earth Week celebration which began with a 5K fun run and walk on April 9.  Event co-hosts are the American Democracy Project and the Institute for Civic Engagement. There have been two community clean-up events so far this academic year, including one on Martin Luther King  Jr. Day. Students and individuals from organizations on and off campus picked up litter and brought it to the Recycling Facility. Football homecoming was a waste-free event, earning the group national recognition for placing third in a national contest on waste minimalization.
One day every summer, high school students from around the state attending the Governor’s School for the Humanities serve as volunteers, accepting and sorting through recyclables dropped off that day, learning about different kinds of plastic and how waste breaks down in landfills, among other subjects.
A new community gardens project is also slated due to a grant from the University of Tennessee Women’s Philanthropy Alliance, according to Dr. Heidi Huse. There are plans to work with Trinity Presbyterian to work on a garden that will be open to the Martin community to grow healthy foods. Tonight, the recycling group will be hosting the award-winning documentary on natural gas drilling, “Gasland.”
The film is free and open to the public and will be shown in the Holt Humanities building auditorium at 6 p.m.
Drop off recycling at 106 N. Moody at the end of the street that runs behind the Skyhawk football stadium. The building is decorated with a painting done by UTM Visual Arts Society.

wcp 4/19/11

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