GreenWorks! is all about students putting their beliefs about the importance of sustainability to work in the community.
GreenWorks! was established as a campus and community outreach arm of the Center of Sustainability Studies at D&E and has expanded on the success of its first residence hall recycling program to introducing recycling and other sustainability opportunities campus-wide and in the surrounding community. From changing out light bulbs in Halliehurst to planting red spruce in Canaan Valley, GreenWorks! student volunteers are making a difference.
GreenWorks! recently received a national Pearson Sustainable Solutions Award which recognized the group's contribution to the re-establishment and expansion of recycling in Randolph County and on the D&E campus. The group works in partnership with the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, Tygart Valley Sanitation and the Elkins Recycling Center. It sponsored two electronics recycling events, which have proved very popular with the outside community. Old computers, cell phones, and small electronics - all unacceptable for standard landfills - were collected and shipped to a certified recycling center.
GreenWorks! activities have also included trips to the Mother Earth News Conference, propagation of heritage seedlings in the D&E greenhouse, and the installation of solar lighting at the Lake Tolstead gazebo and the creation of a community garden in downtown Elkins.