USD honored for turning trash into cash


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SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego was honored at a national sustainability conference for collecting more than 750,000 pounds of electronic waste over the past three years, school officials announced Tuesday.

USD topped the six other finalists for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award presented during the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s conference and expo in Portland, Oregon last week.

University officials said USD’s three-year-old electronics recycling center at 5330 Linda Vista Road was the first full-time public e-waste collection facility in the city and brings in about $200,000 each year. The center also provides students and adults with developmental disabilities employment opportunities.

“We’re honored to receive this award that recognizes the University of San Diego’s commitment to sustainability and social entrepreneurship,” USD’s Office of Sustainability Director, Michael Catanzaro, said. “We’ve created a center that responsibly disposes of old computers, printers, cell phones and other e-waste and will also create funding for student scholarships, local sustainability organizations and campus sustainability efforts.”

USD plans to earmark 20 percent of the net recycling revenue each year to student scholarships and 10 percent to local community grants, according to university officials.

Earlier this fall, USD was named one of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” for its sustainability efforts, along with UC San Diego.

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