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04/12/18

UBReUSE Looking for Student Volunteers

Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Networking, Stress Relief, Student Clubs, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

UBreUSE is going on its third year of operation at UB this year, and we need help from motivated underclassmen. As a leader in sustainability on campus I was hoping you would be able to connect me with some people that you have identified as young leaders. A little bit about UBreUSE to share with your students:

UBreUSE is University at Buffalo’s official zero waste initiative move out program started by a handful of UB’s Education and Leadership Fellows for Sustainability (including baby freshman me!) back in Spring 2016. Since then we have diverted over 12,000 lbs of waste from the landfill, and earned over $3,000 from sales.

The Problem: During move out of people throw away items that aren’t garbage (Clothing, kitchen ware, rugs, shower caddies, even mini fridges and TVs, etc) because they don’t need them anymore or can not take everything home with them. These items are completely fixable or usable, yet they are going directly to landfill.

Our Solution: We believed that we could do something about this needless waste, and decided to organize a way to collect all of the unwanted goods and find people whodid want them.

Turns out, the people who want this exact stuff are UB underclassmen moving into the same dorms in the fall! SO what we do is this:

1.) Collection during move out week

2.) Storage in Trailers on campus, refurbish and clean items over the summer

3.) SALE of all items during move in week (late August/early September)

What we need:

This program is an entity of UB Sustainability and we are supported by Pro Staff, but it is completely student driven. UBreUSE needs hard working and dedicated students to make it work. Active volunteers who can not only help out during event weeks, but can represent UBreUSE year round and be a part of the team. We work hard and have lots of fun year round. In addition to needing team members, we are also looking for students who show initiative to promote to team leaders to carry out the program in the future.

To learn more or to help, please contact….

Kayleigh Hamernik

UBreUSE Project Manager

University at Buffalo Honors College ’19

Environmental Studies B.S.

khamerni@buffalo.edu