Save Time. Help Local Community. Reduce Waste.
This June, over 2,000 Stanford students took a simple step toward helping the local community and the environment by donating useable, unwanted items to charity during the "Give and Go" move-out.
R&DE Student Housing partnered with local organizations to make it easy for students to "Give" their unwanted clothing, bikes, electronic equipment, and household items to others in need as they moved out of housing to "Go" on to their next adventure! With more than 200 convenient donation sites made available across undergraduate and graduate housing, it was easy for students to take part in the campaign; ultimately diverting over 97,500 lbs (nearly 50 tons!) of materials that were collected by the Ecumenical Hunger Program, Goodwill, and InnVision Shelter Network. The cumulative donations accounted for at least 15% of the total waste generated during move out being divereted from the landfill, saving R&DE between $2,900-5,000 in landfill and hauling costs and over $10,000 estimated in extra labor, not to mention the benefits of not sending those materials to landfill.
As part of the campaign, the Office of Sustainability partnered with R&DE Student Housing to offer raffle prizes as "Thank You's" for participants. Ten lucky winners were awarded with $50 Amazon gift cards to thank them for participating in the campaign, reducing waste on campus, and helping the local community.
Given the interest and popularity of the Give & Go Move Out campaign this year, R&DE Student Housing plans to continue offering the program in years ahead.