Campus Sustainability Day to feature Mount Trashmore

For immediate release…
Monday – Oct. 21, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will again put trash center stage for Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Beginning today, members of the NKU Building Services team will pile 24-hours worth of campus trash on the university’s Central Plaza to create “Mount Trashmore.”

By locating it on what is essentially the campus’ front yard, the university hopes to demonstrate the amount of trash it sends to landfill each day and encourage students, faculty and staff to limit the trash they create and recycle whenever possible.

Students and staff will announce Mount Trashmore’s actual amount of trash at noon on Wednesday and compare it to last year’s results. Following the announcement, everyone present will be invited to “Trash the Trash” and assist the Building Services team with the disassembly of Mount Trashmore. Gloves will be provided.

The creation and disassembly of Mount Trashmore will be filmed from a remote location, and in November a time-lapse film will be available at

Last year, Mount Trashmore totaled 15,325 pounds of trash, or .85 pounds of trash per campus community member. During the same collection time, the campus recycled a total of 1,400 pounds, or .08 pounds of recyclables per campus community member. During his presentation of the 2012 numbers, Charles Pettit, NKU superintendent of Building Services, challenged each campus member to reduce his or her trash production and increase their recycling.

On Oct. 22-23, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., students from ECOS (Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students) and APO (Alpha Phi Omega) will staff tables in front of Mount Trashmore to talk about the activity, Campus Sustainability Day and sustainability at NKU as well as to encourage the campus community to sign an NKU campus sustainability pledge.

Mount Trashmore is a joint effort of APO, ECOS, NKU Green, NKU Building Services, NKU Roads & Grounds, NKU IT and NKU Institutional Research. This year, Mount Trashmore is also part of WellFest, an event organized by NKU Health, Prevention and Student Wellness.

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