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Green Your Move In

A Message from Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education


Dickinson is committed to educating for a sustainable world, reducing our ecological footprint, cutting our net emissions greenhouse gases to zero, and advancing sustainability goals globally, nationally, and in the communities where we reside, work, and study. Our commitment follows from our long-standing mission—to prepare young people, through a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.

For the incoming class, this begins at move-in!


Committed student volunteers will be stationed outside during first-year move-in in August. Waste-sorting stations will be set up at these locations to help new Dickinson students and their families identify items that can be reused, recycled, or composted to divert as much waste as possible from our landfills.

  1. Remember, it is better to buy something used rather than something new. 
  2. Check out our online, Dickinson-only, Buy/Sell/Swap/Share site.
  3. Try to purchase items with reduced packaging or those made from recycled content. 
  4. If you must buy new items that generate waste during the move-in process, recycle what you can. 
  5. Reduce purchases by sharing with your roommate.
  6. Check out our Green Packing List.

Our Waste Reduction Stations will help to divert waste in the following ways:

  • Corrugated cardboard will be broken down, bundled, and sold to generate funds for Project SHARE. This local cooperative program provides basic basic assistance to more than 1,000 local families monthly.
  • Plastic bags will be collected, recycled into alternative-wood lumber, and made into park benches in partnership with a local grocer.
  • Packing materials (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) will be used to stuff floor pillows made by our Dickinson Eco-Reps.
  • Plastics #1-7 will be recycled.
  • Paper products will be recycled.
  • Glass will be recycled.
  • Food waste will be composted.

In August, look for the tents filled with fun and helpful students in green #Dsonsustainability t-shirts.