USD E-Waste Wins 2013 E.A.R.T.H. Works Award
Last week, the University of San Diego E-Waste Collection Center was awarded an E.A.R.T.H (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) Award at the 2013 V.I.P (Very Important Planet) Reception organized by San Diego EarthWorks. The event brought individuals from government, industry, nonprofit, education and private citizens together for an evening to celebrate those making strident environmental efforts in the San Diego community.
The Office of Sustainability was the recipient of a 2013 E.A.R.T.H Award for its work to increase environmental awareness across the campus of USD. This was the first recognition E-Waste received since its March 2013 Recyclemania win for its innovative efforts to manage electronic waste through collection and education.
When it opened, USD E-Waste was the only full time center open to the public in San Diego. With the intention to make it easy for people to get rid of materials that impact the planet, the center has collected over 360,000 pounds of e-waste since its April 2011 opening. By diverting toxic materials through the reuse of precious materials, the center helps to divert hazardous materials that might otherwise end up in landfills.
An innovative model of social entrepreneurship, the center provides a socially responsible revenue stream for the university as a whole that serves as a living laboratory for students to engage through classes and employment.
For its innovative efforts to transform hazardous waste into a profitable enterprise, USD E-Waste is proud to be recognized as one of the 2013 E.A.R.T.H Award winners.