On Tuesday, March 6, green balloons and tables covered with green information and prizes filled Roth Food Court during Campus Dining’s “Meet Green Man” event. The event was an informative and interactive way to get students aware of Stony Brook’s participation in the RecycleMania competition. The competition, which runs from early February to the end of March, is a way to get more students involved in positive recycling habits on campus. The star of the event, green man, went around from table to table sharing a binder filled with interesting green facts such as “if the U.S. population washed their clothes with cold water, it would save $3 billion a year in energy costs.”
“He’s here to show us friendly ways about being green,” said Mike Youdelman, the Manager of Recycling and Resource Management.
One table displayed a board by the Department of Recycling and Resource Management with information about what they recycle, the RecycleMania competition and the do’s and don’ts of recycling on campus. On another table, there was a wheel where students were given a chance to spin and win an environmentally friendly prize, like a reusable mug or shopping bag, after answering a trivia question correctly.
“We hope that people walk away with the general gist of the competition so they can recycle themselves and then spread the word,” said Wariana Contreras, a psychology and sociology major who is also a student outreach coordinator. “We want to get students involved.”