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Reuse - Repackaging
The Re-Use/Re-Package Program, first implemented in Fall 2013, is intended to reduce resource utilization, resulting in cost-savings of Learning Resource Center (LRC) funds which will be used for other necessities while promoting realistic experiences in the LRC. This environmentally friendly program reduces waste as well as promotes student and faculty cognizance of conservation efforts and responsible spending.
At the completion of labs/workshops in which disposable supplies are used, students and faculty place reusable supplies in the appropriate containers. The LRC Director manages re-packing / re-wrapping supplies and kits for the subsequent semester’s labs/workshops with the assistance of NURS 104 student volunteers who fulfill a course service activity requirement by participating in the program. Student volunteer hours through the program total 640 hours.
Semester savings have ranged from $3000 the first semester when participants were learning what could be saved / re-used to $16,100. The average savings over the life of the program is $10,138 / semester as of Spring 2016. Fluctuations vary based on different supplies used and course enrollments.