by Taylor Robertson, Green Student Intern
The Office of Sustainability offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to students each semester. Volunteering with the Office of Sustainability is a great way to get involved on campus and meet new people. Volunteer opportunities for this fall semester include gameday recycling and recycling sorting with Green Grove and compost sifting.
Green Grove Gameday Recycling
According to University of Mississippi data, tailgaters generate more than 200 tons of trash each fall. The Green Grove program seeks to reduce the amount of waste that is produced on gameday by encouraging recycling in the Grove. Green Grove volunteers help facilitate recycling on gameday by distributing bags in the Grove and educating tailgaters on what they can and cannot recycle. Volunteers are paired with a Green Grove ambassador and pass out recycling bags to tailgaters in their assigned area of the Grove. Green Grove volunteer shifts typically last around two hours, so volunteers still have plenty of time to tailgate before the game!
Students can also volunteer to help with recycling sorting. Green Grove recycling sorting volunteers sort all of the recycling that is collected on gameday. Recycling sorting takes place at the Oxford Recycling Center from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday following a home game.
To sign up for Green Grove gameday recycling or recycling sorting, click here.
Another volunteer opportunity available to students is compost sifting. The Fall 2017 Sift-A-Thon will take place on Friday, October 13 from 1 p.m. -4 p.m. at the UM Compost Site located on campus.
Shifts are flexible and transportation is provided. Sifting compost is easy and fun! To sift the compost, volunteers rub the finished compost through a screen to separate large particles, like sticks and rocks, from the soil. The sifting event will feature interactive games and opportunities to win prizes.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to sift their own compost and take home what they sift for a discounted price. This event is open to University faculty, staff, and students as well as community members. To sign up to volunteer for the Sift-A-Thon, click here.