Graduation Goes “Green”

With commencement right around the corner, graduating students are preparing for their important walk across the graduation stage.

Although most will be wearing black robes on May 15th, a collaboration on campus will have some students “going green.”

The Temple Office of Sustainability and the Computer Recycling Center (CRC) have collaborated to provide the Class of 2014 with the option of borrowing a free recycled graduation gown. The Office of Sustainability and the CRC have worked together to collect lightly-used gowns, donated by recent Temple graduates for current graduates to wear to support the environment.

Gently used graduation gownsBoth departments aim to reuse and recycle anything they can, and thought the gown swap was the perfect opportunity to collaborate once again.
“It’s a natural fit because our office focuses on all aspects of sustainability. One of them is waste minimization and recycling. And the CRC really looks at the same thing, like waste minimization,” said Kathleen Grady, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

There is a limited number of graduation gowns and registration for a gown is on a first come/first serve basis. Grady encourages former graduates to donate their gowns to the cause so that more students can “go green” at graduation. For more information, on how to donate or request a recycled gown, students can stop by The Office of Sustainability, located on Liacouras walk.

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