CMES wins recycling contest award from FAS Green Program

CMES staff and FAS Green Program representatives with trophy
CMES staff pose with their trophy and FAS Green Program representatives.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is the proud winner of the spring 2013 CGIS Complex Recycling Contest run by the FAS Green Program. The contest pitted CMES against neighboring CGIS units in a challenge to see which group could recycle the most effectively.

Over a three-week period beginning January 28, representatives from the Green Program performed audits of the trash and recycling bins in our common areas and in individual offices and assigned letter grades based on the results. The program also included educational efforts including new signage and targeted feedback when a bin received a low grade as to what items were misplaced. Caught up in the competitive spirit, CMES staff helped to educate each other and other building tenants regarding what kinds of waste go where (we learned that pizza boxes and tetra-paks can go into Harvard recycling, and that paper towels and tissues are compostable, for instance).

According to FAS Green Program Senior Coordinator Brandon Geller, "The post competition audits showed that the hard work of the competition paid off; all of the [participating buildings] showed a decrease in the amount of recycling that ended up in the trash. The most improved was Barker Center, which went from 32% down to 25.5%, with CGIS as a close second, showing an improvement from 36% down to 31%."

CMES celebrated its win at an awards breakfast in March during which FAS Green Program representatives presented us with a hand-crafted trophy made from recycled materials by program intern Emma Framson '15.Detail of the trophyDetail of the trophy

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