Daemen College’s continuing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability has been honored with a Certificate of Donation in recognition of the institution’s contributions to a recycling fundraiser to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.
The certificate was awarded in recognition of the college’s efforts in collecting nearly 5,700 pounds in electronics for the 2017 e-Scrap for Camp program, a partnership between Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Camp Good Days that turns old electronics into funds to help improve the quality of life for children, adults, and families touched by cancer.
“We are proud to contribute to a program that makes such a positive difference in the lives of many in our community,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This honor will serve as an inspiration to our campus community to continue our efforts as a leader in advancing sustainability and environmental issues.”
For the e-Scrap for Camp Program, Daemen collected electronics at a 10-day recycling effort held on campus during the spring semester. The college’s recycling contributions totaled more than $8,660 in donations to the e-Scrap program.
“Contributing to this program is a part of our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship both in Western New York and around the world,” said Dr. Brenda Young, chair of the Global and Local Sustainability Program, who oversaw the college’s e-cycle collection.
Overall, this year’s e-Scrap for Camp program resulted in more than 474,240 pounds of electronics collected and recycled from all participating organizations, adding to the more 2.6 million pounds recycled since the program in 2010.
Daemen has positioned itself as a national leader in environmental initiatives through its many community efforts and the college’s Global and Local Sustainability Program, which has earned the top ranking in the nation among the “Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree.”
In addition, an historic $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation will be key in enhancing the college’s civic engagement and sustainability activities.
“We have made great progress in integrating environmental practices into our campus and community outreach efforts,” said Olson. “With this generous gift from Mr. Saffrin, we will be able to expand upon our initiatives and proactive strategies that will help to create a more sustainable future.”
In another initiative, Daemen also hosts an annual regional Environmental Summit, which is scheduled this year for Sept. 30 and will feature highly regarded environmental experts, workshops addressing best practices and topics on a range of current issues, and an electronics recycling collection. More information is available at www.daemen.edu/summit.