Cleaning up the campus

Students, faculty and staff at Minot State University made an effort on Monday to clean up the inside portion of the campus as a way to celebrate Earth Day.

Campus Indoor Cleanup Day took place in the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured lunch, entertainment, prize drawings and vendor displays. The vendors were there promoting recycling and green initiatives and there was also the new Chevy Volt on display courtesy of Ryan Chevrolet.

Beginning at 9 a.m., people could sign up for prizes at the main registration table and pick up collection bags and gloves for the indoor cleanup. People were encouraged to use the time to clean their offices or dorm rooms and bring items like paper, plastics or aluminum to the recycling trailer stationed in the main Quad, north of the Beaver Dam. Lunch and entertainment for all participants began at 11 a.m. with prize drawings taking place at 1 p.m.

Gretchen Ingledue, custodial supervisor and president of the Sustainability Committee at Minot State University, said they were asking students, faculty and staff to clean up their offices and recycle as much as they can. The event drew a lot of donations for the prize drawings, too, she added.

Cascades, a company that deals with paper products that run on wind power and are completely sustainable, was one of the vendors invited to have a display at the event. The company uses

hydrogen peroxide in

making paper and can reuse their water, Ingledue explained, and that reduces the carbon footprint. What’s more, Cascades doesn’t use chlorine to make the paper a white color, she said, so their paper is a natural color.

Another of the companies with a display at the event was Graybar, showing off new LED lights. Other companies at the event included the recycling center and the North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association.

The Campus Indoor Cleanup Day has been happening for eight years, according to Ingledue, but this was her first year organizing the event. She said she was hoping for a good show of

participation and a good

response from people.

Ingledue said she hoped that this event would be something participants could carry with them. “I would like to see it more mandated to recycle here in the state because I hate to see the landfills fill up,” she added. “I hope to see students take a lot of the information with them because they are our future and can carry on.”

An event like cleaning up the campus is important to Ingledue because she said especially here in North Dakota, people need to realize that recycling is important and that there’s a need for it. “Other states started mandating recycling in the late ’80s and I would like for it to become more of a routine,” she added.

There will be an outdoor campus cleanup held on April 30. The outdoor event was rescheduled to that day due to the weather.