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					Diversion Excursion
    CSU, Chico

        A Joint ‘Move-Out’ program:
        UniversityHousing and Food
        Service Grounds Department
        (UHFS)
        Associated Students
        Recycling Department (ASR)
What is Diversion Excursion?
   DE is designed to divert reusable and recyclable materials from
    the landfill and educate residents. We collect the following:
     –   Clothes, linens, food, detergent, computers, appliances, dishes, clean
         furniture, office and school supplies, recycling and more!
   During DE, nine tables are set up outside of the following
    residence halls:
     –   Shasta, Lassen, Whitney, Esken, Mechoopda and off campus at University
         Village
     –   Konkow Hall is small so it is set up with a ‘self serve drop off station’
   Volunteers work a two hour shift at the tables and collect materials
    from the residents as they move out of their rooms.
     –   What is trash to one resident is reusable or recyclable in the eyes of our
         volunteers.
History

   Diversion method prior to DE
    –   Grounds staff would salvage what they could, but the volume was too great
    –   Dumpster divers at night
   Fall 2000 Student Interest-Annie Sherman
    –   One very passionate and determined person!

   Partnership Created
    –   University Housing and Food Service Grounds Department
    –   Associated Students Recycling Department

   DE started May 2001
    –   We improve our efficiency annually
Players
   University Housing and Food Service Grounds Department
   Associated Students Recycling Department
   Risk Management
    –   Provides Waiver of liability form
   Professors
    –   Some offer class credit
    –   Allow time for Class talks for recruitment
   Student Involvement
    –   Two paid student interns
    –   Over 100 Volunteers
    –   Funding from student organizations
   Other
    –   City of Chico              Nor Cal Waste Management      Charities
    –   Northern Star Mills        Campus Conservation Committee
DE Collection Table Locations
   5 Residence Halls- On Campus
    –   Whitney Hall, 272 rooms/544 students
    –   Shasta Hall, 110 rooms/210 students
    –   Lassen Hall, 110 rooms/210 students
    –   Esken Hall, 60 rooms/112 students
    –   Mechoopda Hall, 64 rooms/120 students
    –   Self Serve table @ Konkow hall 90 residents (no volunteers)
                         Approximately 1286 residents
   University Village Apt. Complex– Off campus
    –   25 buildings, 614 residents
                      1900 TOTAL residents served
When is DE?

   Pre-planning
    –   Hire interns in mid-December
    –   Begin funding application process in January
    –   Begin weekly meetings Jan/Feb
    –   Create a durable Program notebook for both staff members, interns,
        shop locations and each collection table (15 notebooks)
   Actual Event
    –   Last 2 days of spring semester finals week in May
    –   Thursday and Friday 10-6
    –   Early move out toters placed in each lobby one week prior and
        emptied daily by the grounds staff who sort and deliver when enough
        donations are collected (approximately 7 early truck deliveries)
PR Elements

   Paper advertising
     –   Posters, 11x17 – Same design each year, only the dates change
     –   Table Tents for dining tables
     –   Hand made posters on cardboard, tri-fold display and sandwich boards
   Tee-shirts - Organic
     –   Same design each year
   Information Tables
     –   In the BMU lobby, GreenDance Film Festival, Eco-fest
   Word of Mouth
     –   Live-in staff and other volunteers
   Print Media
     –   campus paper, Thank you ad in local city paper
   Meetings
     –   Weekly for DE staff, two volunteer meetings, class talks
What is Accepted?

   Clean & Not Broken
   Everything we can find a resource for:
    –   Non-perishable food, partially used toiletries (detergents, soap, shampoo)
        linen, clothing, shoes, stationary
    –   Text books, office supplies, books, school supplies, binders, paper
    –   Household items, accessories, furniture, electronics, bikes, sports gear,
        stuffed animals, toys, dishes, feminine supplies, hair bobbles, first aid kits,
        back packs, picnic supplies, shower caddies
    –   Foam bed pads
    –   construction materials – cinder blocks, shelving
    –   Computers and computer components
    –   Magazines, used paper, aluminum, glass, plastic
Who Gets the Goods?
Local Charities
 ARC Thrift Store – They provide 2 large vans for both days!
      –   Assists disabled citizens
    Esplanade House
      –   Transitional Housing organization
    Torres Homeless shelter
      –   Provides some food and over night sleeping quarters
    Computers to Classrooms
      –   Refurbishes and recycles all computer components
    Square Deal Mattress Factory
    This is not a ‘free thing’ program; volunteers are discouraged from
              keeping items that are destined for these charities.
Diversion

   Difficult to Track without a scale
   In 2006 we were able to weigh each truck load
    at a local feed store prior to deliver
    –   Including the 2 ARC vans after each pick up
    –   All deliveries are tracked for weight and location

   Total weights diverted since
    –   2006 – 16,566 pounds
    –   2007 – 17,372.6 pounds
Program Costs
   One Time Costs: $2,150
    –   3 Shade tents -$500
    –   9 Vinyl Banners -$1,000
    –   Collection bins -$2,150 – (48) medium sized crates
    –   Re-usable laminated labels, $100
   Annual Costs: $4516.33
    –   Two student interns: $907.50
             55 hours each at $8.25/hr
    –   PR Materials: $2701.33
             Graphics including Organic Tee shirts - Ad in city paper - $1623.00
    –   Refreshments: $325.00
             2 volunteer pizza meetings and snacks on two days of actual event
                         ** periodic other expenses are incurred such as
                                  additional shade tents or crates
Funding Sources
   University Housing & Food Service
     –   Intern wages, some printing and laminating
     –   Gloves, string, tape, markers, cutters and other supplies for each table
   Associated Students Recycling Department
     –   Some printing
     –   Storage and organization of laminated signs and crates
   Nor Cal Waste Management Systems
     –   Donates 30 large toters for early move out and for additional recycling
   ARC Thrift Store
     –   Donates the use of two large vans
   Campus Student Organizations and other
     –   A.S. Activity Fee Council
     –   UHFS Residence Hall Association
     –   Campus Conservation Committee – oversees AB 75
     –   City of Chico pays for thank you ad in local paper
Key Elements!
   Administrative Support
     – Full time staff means you don’t re-write the book annually
     – Department agrees to fill in financial blanks
   Student & Staff Enthusiasm
     – Instrumental for volunteer recruitment
   Catchy Name & Theme
     – Allows for name recognition for recruiting sophomores (previous residence)
     – Name notoriety increases Intern applicants!
   Student Interns
     – Essential for completing small details, class talks and recruiting volunteers
   EARLY organization and planning!
     – Start early and plan each detail thoroughly for two smooth running days
     – Create enough DE MANUALS for each area – durable and reusable
   Good Communication
     – Decision making is shared through meetings and emails
   Fun
     – You will be exhausted and have a very content feeling once it is over!
Back of Lassen Hall
Back of Shasta; notice some sites
are more organized than others
Whitney hall serves as the main sign in
station for all campus volunteers
*Class credit, volunteer sign in sheets, and T-shirts
    Beautiful signs attract attention
These are kept year after year unless damaged
Main entrance Whitney Hall
very organized and tidy
University Village
Tennis court station- Head table for volunteer
sign-in and T-shirts
Mechoopda front entrance
notice the Tri-fold display board
2007 – There was one for each location
Signage and toters for early Move-out
collections. Signs improve each year!
Friday morning chaos in the ground shop.
Getting ready to set up all over again!
Grounds shop on an ‘Early Move-Out’ morning.
Everything will be delivered once the lobby toters are
emptied.
Very cluttered! In 2006 the grounds shop was
gutted of tools to make room for DE
One full truck load!
Off to Computers to Classrooms
The ARC Thrift store van mid-day
A small load of foam pads!
Contact
Luisa Garza
Lead Grounds Worker
C.S.U Chico
University Housing and Food Service
530-898-4039
lgarza@csuchico.edu

Robyn DiFalco
AS Recycling Coordinator
C.S.U. Chico
Associated Students
530-898-5033
Rdifalco@csuchico.edu

				
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