When the leader of the Weill Cornell Medical College asked for someone to organize a group of volunteers to help the New York City Green Festival stay green, Mackenzie Fagan raised her hand. She pulled together 20 members of her campus green group to spend the day at the Green Festival, sorting waste into compostables, recyclables, and landfill waste.
First, her group worked behind the scenes, at the Javits Center loading docks, sorting waste from the event floor, correcting errors, and preparing items to be shipped away. Second, the group moved to the event floor, helping attendees to self-sort their own trash into the appropriate bins. With all food-court utensils made from compostable materials, and all exhibitors devoted to reducing their own waste footprint, Mackenzie says she sees very little going into the “landfill” bin.
She says she’ll take what she learns at Green Festival back to campus, where green initiatives already include a robust recycling program.