Student’s Corner

Ten busy weeks later, Recyclemania has arrived at its closing week. This weekend’s sunnier skies welcomed some more visible and outreaching sustainably-minded activities. Friday brought us Mt. Trashmore, an annual event during which the waste from Wilson Commons, and Douglass and Danforth Dining Halls is all piled together in a surprisingly visible location–the Wilson Quad. In a society where we are fortunate enough to be able to separate our living and working spaces from our waste dumps, the invisibility of trash allows us the comfortable privilege of, ultimately, forgetting about it. Mt. Trashmore reminds us to be conscious of our waste and, in turn, of our consumption.

Saturday brought us another annual event, a community clean-up of the banks of the Genesee River, sponsored by Delta Upsilon and GreenSpace. Such an event is surprisingly simple to coordinate on school grounds, and since the melting snow gives us a glimpse of a wh0le season’s worth of litter, we encourage other groups to bring in the spring with similar events.

This week, be sure to stop by Sage Art Center’s gallery for our show Re-Imagined, Re-Designed, Re-Created. The show displays a variety of art through different forms of media that all touch upon issues of sustainability in some way. It was a project that members of the art department, various individuals of the UR student population, and even a member of the Greentopia community–Scott Grove–collaborated on. Although the exhibition opening has already happened, it will remain up for the majority of this week. We encourage you to stop by and take a look, and consider how your own waste could be used towards art–or any other fate besides the landfill.

Written by Kathleen Shannon, Class of 2013

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