The University of San Diego makes its latest commitment to social sustainability with the opening of its E-Recycling Center during Earth Week.
USD’s E-Recycling Center will celebrate its opening this Wednesday, April 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center is at 5330 Linda Vista Road, in the white industrial buildings below USD’s west entrance.
“This new center will be available every week, not just on the occasional Saturday, for San Diegans to properly dispose of their old cell phones, computer monitors and other electronics that are taking up space and gathering dust in their homes,” said Michael Catanzaro, USD’s director of Sustainability. Other items that can be disposed of include radios, stereo components, and VCRs and DVD players.
The center is part of USD’s efforts for conservation and sustainability and emphasizes social justice and entrepreneurism, he added. “Many electronics end up in landfills and in developing countries where the metals and other contaminants pose a danger to people and introduce toxics into the environment,” he said. “USD’s efforts will properly recycle these products in California and help mitigate this growing problem. Student volunteers from our ‘Green Team’ will man the center and funds raised from the center will go toward student scholarships.”
The center will be open on Thursday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and will be open during its regularly scheduled hours of Monday through Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. the rest of the week.
Every day is Earth Day at USD. Last week, the San Diego City Council honored USD for its sustainability efforts. Through installation of a smart irrigation system and other efforts, USD has reduced its water consumption by 25 percent or 40 million gallons, placing usage levels to what they were in 1991, when USD’s square footage and student population were about half of what they are today.
USD also has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric to create a more sustainable campus with a smaller environmental footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency and a commitment to renewable energy. USD has partnered with AMSOLAR to install 1.2 megawatts of renewable solar energy, representing 15 percent of the university’s peek energy needs.
Earlier this spring, USD’s Student Life Pavilion was officially granted gold LEED certification, recognizing the many elements of sustainability and energy conservation incorporated into its design and construction. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.