One person’s trash is another’s treasure. This summer, Towson University donated more than 126 tons of furniture to local colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. The donations include furniture from the rooms and study lounges in Newell and Richmond Halls, which are being emptied this summer as part of a major renovation project. The project includes the restoration of the building’s interiors, exteriors and electrical systems, including new furniture to replace the nearly 15-year-old beds, desks and chairs currently in the building.
Despite their age, the beds are in decent shape, and disposing of them through recycling or the landfill would be both costly and bad for the environment. Thus, the university continued in its tradition of reuse (which began with the Glen Towers beds in 2009) by seeking out other local institutions in need of the furniture. The five local colleges, universities and non-profit agencies listed below responded to the call for recipients, and came to campus earlier this summer to transport the furniture back to their campuses for use.
- Habitat for Humanity- 13 tons of Brunswick pool tables, micro-fridge units and bookcases
- Trinity College- 13 tons of micro-fridge units and study/lounge furniture
- Wesley College-79 tons of student dorm room furniture
- Neumann University- 15 tons of student dorm room furniture
- Achiever’s Inc.- 1 ton of student dorm room furniture
The cycle of reuse benefits both TU and the receiving institutions: we save hauling costs and landfill tipping fees, and they gain much-needed furniture for their students and projects. According to Sustainability Director Jack Nye, the project is a great way for Towson to be both sustainable and generous.
“Reuse is the highest form of conservation and generally the least expensive since it requires less energy compared to recycling,” Jack said. “It was a great way to help out local institutions and to promote sustainability simultaneously.”