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i have a good reason for the hiatus.

Posted by Diana on October 20, 2008

I am a very busy woman, you see. Busy planning the first ever…..

F A L L E A R T H F E S T I V A L !!!

The festival is being held in honor of National Campus Sustainability Day (say that five times fast). Activities are planned for both campuses. At Lawrenceville, NCSD multi-media events (code for the above) will be taking place in the SRC from 10-2.

NCSD will be celebrated at Westminster on the Great Plains from 10-4 in the form of an old-fashioned country fair with an eco-minded twist.

**Bring your co-mingled recyclables (cans, water bottles, and glass), plastic grocery bags, and clothing donations as tickets to play games!**

Each game will test your green knowledge as well as your carnival skills (don’t worry, no tight rope walking while balancing plates on your head and singing opera–I’m pushing that for next year). There will be food and merriment, accompanied by a focus on responsibility to our local community and our planet.

4-5 PM in Thayer Lounge…



co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, Inc.,
producer of the world’s first products made from and packaged in waste.

you won’t want to miss this guy. promise.

Hope to see you there!!!!


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greening the economy.

Posted by Diana on September 29, 2008

folks, take a second to read this article from the new york times (thanks, antoni!)

a snippet:

In a green economy, we would rely less on credit from foreigners “and more on creativity from Americans,” argued Van Jones, president of Green for All, and author of the forthcoming “The Green Collar Economy.” “It’s time to stop borrowing and start building. America’s No. 1 resource is not oil or mortgages. Our No. 1 resource is our people. Let’s put people back to work — retrofitting and repowering America. … You can’t base a national economy on credit cards. But you can base it on solar panels, wind turbines, smart biofuels and a massive program to weatherize every building and home in America.”

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it just warms my heart.

Posted by Diana on September 18, 2008

if you didn’t already think he was a gem, maybe this will do the trick…

kudos to our dear professor, dr. jim goldsworthy, for taking extra time to tape small sheets onto a larger 11×17 so that he could put more pages on one AND double side it–to save paper.

and, profuse apologies for a delay in updating….since i’ve been gone:

  • a green student organization called GRASSROOTS has been formed, with 67 members already and rapidly growing! let me know if you’re interested in joining. (website to follow…)

  • plans and preparations are underway for the FALL EARTH FESTIVAL! circle OCTOBER 22 on your calendars, folks. see you at the fair!

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true dat.

Posted by Diana on September 4, 2008

if just 2% of the U.S. population turned on the bathroom faucets to a fraction of full blast when washing their hands, nearly 12 MILLION GALLONS of water could be saved every day.

learn more at

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i don’t know how to say goodbye…

Posted by Diana on August 15, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Michael Gray (or The Legend, as he’s known in some circles) has moved on to bigger and better things.

Friday, August 8, 2008, (holy commas batman!), was Mike Gray’s last day as an employee of Rider University. Mike decided it was time to pull up the stakes and move out to charming O-hi-o to pursue an MFA in Film at Ohio University. “It’s what I love,” said Gray (actually, he didn’t say this, but I know it’s true).

Mike’s actual parting words are these:

“Working on the Paperwaste project was an extremely rewarding experience. In addition to raising green awareness for others, I learned a lot myself. I especially loved drawing the comics, and will miss it dearly. I know that in my absence, Diana will continue to take the site to even greater heights.”

Note: I did not force Mike to write that last sentence.  That was genuine (and greatly appreciated).

We’ll miss you, Mike.  We’ll miss your creativity, your follow-through, your quirky sense of humor…and the way you used to read Hokey’s voice out loud when we were creating the comics.  Best of luck to you, friend.

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greenest colleges in america.

Posted by Diana on August 7, 2008

if you haven’t already, look at thedailygreen‘s latest update on 10 of the Greenest Colleges in America. It’s interesting to compare and contrast what other campuses are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. It also brings to light the amount of time and effort required to reach carbon neutrality.

Some highlights taken from the site:

  • In 2007 College of the Atlantic was the first U.S. college to go carbon neutral.
  • Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC is nearly self-supporting, getting food and lumber from its own organic gardens and managed forests (chainsaws even use soy oil!)
  • Oberlin is has a “living machine,” which processes waste water through a plant- and bacteria-based filtration system.
  • UCLA has already increased bicycle use by an encouraging 50 percent.
  • UC Berkeley, well known for its passionate progressive spirit, has won national attention for hosting the first certified organic kitchen in a college setting.
  • Harvard is one of the top purchasers of renewable energy.
  • In 2007, Duke University opened the SmartHouse dormitory, a LEED platinum building.

Rider University is among the ranks of colleges striving to do their part. Like Duke, Rider has also constructed a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) dormitory–one of the recent large-scale projects.  For an overview on LEED certification, go here.

Many more projects are in the works, so keep visiting us as the school year begins to keep up-to-date.

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when recycling is wrong…

Posted by Diana on August 1, 2008

….very wrong.


I have started to plan for the Fall Earth Festival at Rider and decided that it would be fun to have a do-it-yourself craft booth. As I was searching for crafts made from recycled materials, I stumbled upon this little gem. I don’t know what to say. Reminds me a little of the misfit toys from Toy Story.

for those of you who are curious (and slightly odd), learn how to make a “baby doll coat rack” of your very own here.  and props to the creator, who certainly used her imagination to reuse something that would otherwise be discarded!

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don’t just recycle, freecycle!

Posted by Diana on July 21, 2008

Freecycle’s mission statement:

Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

Check out this great opportunity to reduce and reuse.  As a member (it’s free to join), you can post offers, wants, curb alerts, etc. to people in your immediate community.  For those of you who live in the Princeton area, here are the links for Freecycle Princeton and Mercer County Freecycle.


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Snakey shame [read like Sean Connery].

Posted by Diana on July 18, 2008

Either an anaconda shed its skin, or the manufacturers used waaaaaaaaaay too much packing paper….

I’m inclined to believe it’s the latter.

It should be embarrassing for a company, especially in this day and age, to waste such an excessive amount of material.  The products being delivered are not fragile and certainly do not require that amount of extra packaging.  It took multiple recycling bins to house all of that excess.

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home depot, my hero.

Posted by Diana on July 15, 2008

Just in case you haven’t heard, at the end of june, Home Depot launched a national initiative for recycling CFL bulbs. Here’s an excerpt from their official announcement:

This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal…In any Home Depot store, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation, and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.

I heart you, Home Depot, and so does the environment.

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