Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Members of Sodexho, the food supplier at TWU, stand with the group A Rocha TWU which has been responsible for constructing compost bins where a large majority of the University’s biodegradable refuse is deposited.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. They are the three R's of the environmental movement. While we can help decrease our own environmental footprint on the earth in our homes through recycling, composting and consuming less, little is known how this impact is actually changing the world around us, and even less is known on what the government is doing to be "greener." On Monday, March 17 from 7:30-9:00pm, the public will have the opportunity to hear first hand what the Federal government and our parliamentary representatives are doing with regards to the environment as the Honorable Mark Warawa will take to the podium at Trinity Western University in his address entitled "Taking Action on the Environment and Climate Change."

The lecture is part of Trinity Western University's Earth Week, presented by A Rocha TWU. The "green" week, kicked off by the lecture, will also feature a variety of events that the public and TWU community can take part in that raise awareness for the environment and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle. These include bird walks, geo-caching, touring the Langley bog, demonstrations on composting, and even a waste management panel that will explain what universities are doing to manage waste and take viable steps for the future.

TWU Field Resources Coordinator Melissa Oakes says, "Reduce is the most important. For example, universities utilize large amounts of paper, plastics, metals, electronics and so on. They produce large amounts of waste that in turn cost large amounts of money for disposal. The waste fills up landfills and the various waste streams continue to pollute the world in which we live. We want to take care of our world the very best we can. When we reduce, reuse and recycle we are reducing our impact on this earth and making it a healthier place for all of creation."

A Rocha TWU has been responsible for constructing compost bins where 14% of the University's vegetable and fruit waste is deposited. The small scale composting program is hoped to be expanded in the near future. The student chapter is the first of its kind in Canada and is supported by A Rocha Canada - Christians in Conservation, a national conservation organization working to show God's love for all of creation. A Rocha Canada has partnered with TWU for the conservation and protection of key sites such as its Langley campus and its Crow's Nest Ecological Research Area on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Says Oakes, "People need encouragement to do their best, and our goal is to encourage people to take Earth Week beyond earth week and integrate the principles into their lives.

More information on the various events taking place throughout TWU's Earth Week can be found by emailing or by calling 604-671- 6468.

Highlighted Events

What: Lecture by Member of Parliament Mark Warawa entitled,
"Taking Action on the Environment and Climate Change."
When: March 17
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Northwest Auditorium - Trinity Western University
Cost: Free to attend, refreshments will be served afterwards.
Contact: Tel: 604-671-6468 or email:

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biotechnology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2008-03-26
Author: Erin Mussolum