RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 17, 2013) - On Wednesday, Oct. 23, students, faculty and staff will strive to make greater strides with smaller footprints, pledging to lower their carbon impact for the day by using alternative transportation.
The pledge comes as part of a "Drive to Not Drive" in celebration of Campus Sustainability Day that challenges students to get involved in environmental initiatives outside of the classroom.
Participants may register for the drive at https://interact.sdsmt.edu/sustainability/registration.htm and earn a chance to win Grubby Gold and 'To-Go' dining containers.
This year marks the launch of SDSM&T Dining Services/ARAMARK's 'To-Go' reusable food containers program, diverting disposables from the landfill by offering a more sustainable option.
Students may purchase the containers for $5 and bring them to campus dining halls to be filled. During their next visit, they can return the used container to a dining facility for a clean, sanitized container or a card for future use.
Dining Services projects that the 'To-Go' containers will divert more than 1,000 disposable boxes from entering landfills, as the campus moves forward with offering the reusable containers at Hardrocker Café and Miner's Shack.
The new 'To-Go' containers are BPA-free, made of recyclable plastic #5, and are dishwasher safe. Aside from reducing the number of disposables used on campus, the program also commits to recycling the 'To-Go' containers at the end of their useful life.
The drive also serves as a kick-off to the RecycleMania competition in the spring semester. A nationwide campaign and benchmarking tool, the contest pits more than 600 universities against each other to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities - which Mines has participated in seven years running.
Students are planning a "Best out of Waste" competition in the upcoming months, as well, challenging groups to create any useful item out of waste materials.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.