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NKU builds Mt. Trashmore for 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day!

Highland Heights, Ky. – On October 24, NKU celebrated the 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day with the construction of Mt Trashmore.  Built of one day’s worth of NKU’s trash, Mt. Trashmore was assembled on the Central Plaza to demonstrate the large quantity of trash that NKU sends to landfill each day as well as to encourage NKU’s students, faculty and staff to reduce the amount of trash that they create. The NKU Building Services staff also brought one day’s worth of recycling to the Plaza to encourage the entire campus community to continue to recycle whenever possible.  

At noon on Campus Sustainability Day, Chuck Pettit, the superintendent of Building Services announced the trash and recycling totals.  The total trash for the day, including that from the academic buildings, the residence halls and the Student Union trash compactor, was 15,325 pounds.  This is .85 pounds per campus community member per day or 4.25 pounds of trash per person each week.  The total amount of NKU recycling was 1,400 pounds for the day or .07 pounds per person per day or .35 pounds per person per week.  Mr. Pettit challenged the campus to reduce the amount of trash created and to raise the quantity of materials recycled in future. 

Both on Campus Sustainability Day and the day before, students from ECOS (Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students) and APO (Alpha Phi Omega) were on the Central Plaza to talk about campus sustainability and encourage all students, faculty and staff to digitally sign the NKU Campus Sustainability Pledge.  This pledge consists of 16 sustainable habits people may choose to adopt to reduce their carbon footprint.  During the first two days, almost 300 people (or almost 2% of the campus) signed the pledge which in now available via the NKU Green Facebook page.

NKU is a 5-year signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  It has committed to work toward climate neutrality by 2050. 

For more information about NKU Green, please contact Jane Goode at or 859.572.1990.