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4,370 items, 912 pounds of food collected in ‘Lighten Your Load’ drive

More than 4,370 articles of clothing, appliances, electronics and household items along with 912 pounds of non-perishable food were collected and donated to the Housing Authority of Bowling Green when WKU’s Housing and Residence Life, Sustainability and Recycling partnered again on the fourth annual “Lighten Your Load” move-out collection drive.

More than 4,370 items and 912 pounds of non-perishable food were collected in WKU's fourth annual "Lighten Your Load" move-out collection drive.

Containers were placed in all residence halls, and students living in these buildings were encouraged to lighten their loads by donating unwanted but usable items as they packed up for the summer.

“The Department of Housing and Residence Life has created several sustainability traditions,” said David Baskett, HRL’s coordinator for Facilities.  “‘Lighten Your Load’ has been one of the most successful sustainability initiatives. Over the past four years student participation has increased beyond our expectations. As a department we see ‘Lighten Your Load’ as an exceptional endeavor because we are able to donate items to the Bowling Green community that would normally be thrown away.”

“The idea for ‘Lighten Your Load’ originated with GreenToppers Students for Campus Sustainability, and Housing and Residence Life fully embraced and supported the initiative,” WKU Sustainability Coordinator Christian Ryan-Downing said. “It is now an established best practice for our university, exemplifies WKU’s commitment to sustainability and is a legacy those students (now alumni) can take pride in.”

Contact: David Baskett, (270) 745-3125.

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