Congrats to all of our Earth Day winners! And huge thanks to our fantastic sponsors!!
$50 Staples gift cards – won by Karen Hao and Ray Hua Wu
Kindle Fire from our friends at Staples – won by Anya Burkart
“Eat Green” Bamboo Lunch Set from the Working Green at MIT Committee– won by Kanji Zahra
$25 Harvest gift card – won by Raphael Dumas
$40 Stone Hearth Pizza gift cards – won by Kris Frey and Jason Tong
$25 Gift Card for winning the Trash on your Back Challenge – Irene Hu
Grand Prize Earth Day Winner $250 – Jennifer Apell
We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Apell, graduate student in Civil And Environmental Engineering, has been crowned the 2013 Earth Day Challenge winner – for the second year in a row! Take a look at the top 5 challengers and get geared up for Earth Day 2014! Thank you to all of our Challenge participants for making Earth Day at MIT a success. We hope you had fun while learning new ways to reduce our impact on the planet!
Participating in the “Trash on Your Back” challenge has made me think again about some questions I’ve always had about recycling. I regularly throw things in the recycle bin that I think should be, but possibly aren’t, recyclable. These include things like yogurt containers (recyclable in SOME places, I’ve noticed), torn plastic bags that can’t be reused (I’ve seen special collection bins for these?), plastic strawberry containers, and dirty plates and napkins. I’m never sure if it’s worse to throw them in the recycle bin or in the trash. I wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to recycle something recyclable, but I also wouldn’t want somebody dumping my entire bin of recyclables in the trash because they’ve “disqualified” it.
Since I’m doing this challenge, I threw my yogurt cup in the recycle bin today. But does it really belong there? I was really excited to see a tour of a recycling facility on the activities list, since I could then finally figure out how they sort and handle waste in the recycle bin, and decide whether I do more harm than good by trying to recycle these things. The tour’s been postponed, so I really hope I can make the rescheduled one. In the meantime, if anyone has any insight about this, please feel free to comment!
Don’t miss out! Join us today — Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4:00PM in 6-120 for a special Earth Day screening of “Chasing Ice.”
MIT Libraries in cooperation with the MIT Earth Day Committee and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change present a film viewing of Chasing Ice. Film will be introduced by Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT.
This 2012 Oscar nominated documentary follows photographer James Balog and his crew as they as they conduct the Extreme Ice Survey, deploying time lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Becky says: “After day 1, just an empty bag. Brought a tupperware for lunch and my own utensils and will be composting the cupcake wrapper from the Earth Day table, a nice little treat for our worms. Happy Earth Day!”