Trinity University, Goodwill Team Up to Help Students 'Give and Go'

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Trinity University, Goodwill Team Up to Help Students 'Give and Go'

Donations can go to San Antonio agency instead of local landfills as the school year ends

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SAN ANTONIO - With the spring semester ending and students packing up for the summer break, Trinity University is preparing for the annual move out flood of unwanted household items sometimes discarded by departing students. This year the school is participating in a nationally piloted program called Give and Go: Move Out 2013 to keep these items out of the trash and instead see them put to "good re-use."

Trinity, one of only five universities chosen for the initiative, is working with Goodwill to set out special donation bins for use by students cleaning out their rooms. Goodwill has also invited the San Antonio Food Bank to distribute collection bins on campus to collect non-perishable food items from students.

Give And Go StudentThe U.S. Department of Education estimates that three million students live in campus housing at 2,100 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide. Each year, students leaving campus encounter storage and car trunks that can only hold so much, and often leave perfectly good clothes, electronics, books and furniture in overflowing campus dumpsters.

"This is a growing problem for San Antonio," said Lisa Brunsvold, vice president of Marketing and Development for Goodwill. "We know Trinity University students are conservation-minded and willing to do something on behalf of the planet. Give and Go: Move Out 2013 is an easy clean-up solution that offers tangible results."

While this is the first year of the Give and Go Program, Trinity and Goodwill have partnered in the past on collecting unwanted items for students. The University provides between 10 tons and 15 tons of unwanted items from student housing annually to Goodwill after students move out every May.

"Trinity has made a commitment to provide leadership in sustainability across the region.  Engagement with national level efforts to promote sustainability serve to raise awareness locally and educate students about their purchases, resource use, and potential for re-use," said Kelly Lyons, associate professor of biology who also chairs Trinity's Sustainability Committee. "For the last four years, we have engaged in RecycleMania, a national, inter-university competition to assess and reduce the amount of waste produced on campuses.  This partnership with Goodwill extends our efforts to engage thought-provoking efforts in sustainability."  

The pilot initiative, organized by Keep America Beautiful and Goodwill in conjunction with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), encourages college students to do something good by providing job training opportunities by donating their unwanted clothing, kitchen items, electronics, books, and residence hall items as they clean out for summer break.

For example, a box of books can provide 13 hours of on-the-job training for Goodwill partners and eight desk lamps can provide an hour-and-a-half of resumé preparation, Brunsvold said.

The other Give and go institutions are Creighton University in Nebraska, Franklin College in Indiana, Northern Illinois University, and University of Toledo.

About Trinity University

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill helps change lives through the power of work. With support from the community, partners, and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year.