The University of Vermont broadcasts rhetoric of an environmental mission, and independent observers from Sierra magazine to Forbes.com to Kaplan College Guide support this claim. As students at this university, we are perpetually bombarded with environmentally charged messages. Each step we take on campus brings us to another “not another cup” or “be green” message. Sitting at a desk in the Davis Center I see a little green trash can that says “Building green is only a part of being green.” Around the corner, instead of a traditional trash can, I can find delegated spaces for trash, recycle, and even compost. Through visiting other universities in the country, I have found that many students don’t know what composting is. While we will soon see that these different spaces for trash, recycling, and compost don’t accomplish as much as one would imagine, there are less obvious ways in which help us progress towards environmental sustainability.


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