PSU Cleans Up with New Campus-Wide Environmental Program

November 3rd, 2006 by Adam

In an effort to keep our local environment clean and beautiful, Plymouth State University has partnered with Leave No Trace, the national organization renowned for their efforts in encouraging hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to minimize their impact upon the environment.

Essentially, Leave No Trace is a commitment to establish an awareness of earth-friendly practices on campus, both indoors and outdoors. Some of these policies include widespread delivery of a PDF writer to all campus computers in an effort to minimize unnecessary printing, more electronic documentation to minimize print resources and an effort to build awareness of the cost in environmental impact when it comes to devices that are “always on.” Other aspects include keeping areas free of litter or rubbish, and using recyclable items whenever possible. John Martin spearheaded the effort to bring the program to PSU’s campus, initiating the request with the introduction of a café to Lamson Learning Commons, where he works.

“With the café becoming a reality, there was concern among the team members over what it would mean to the environment in the library where previously food and drink had been prohibited,” Martin said. “The principles of Leave No Trace tied in nicely with this effort and complemented existing initiatives across campus such as the ‘Go Green’ campaign from last year.”

Martin finds students, staff and faculty supportive of the idea. “Most folks I’ve spoken with buy into the idea but are unsure how they can help. Our hope is that by providing guidance through education-including ideas on how folks can contribute-that we can not only further the ideals of the Leave No Trace ethic, but given the recent surge in operational costs, we hope also to assist in the conservation of both our operational and economic resources.”

Every member of the PSU community is being asked to consider the Leave No Trace initiative to keep the campus as environmentally sound as possible.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our wild lands.

For more information, contact: Bruce Lyndes, Media Relations Mgr., 603-535-2775