UTSA students start organization based on philanthropy and going green

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(May 14, 2010)--A group of nine UTSA students recently started an organization based on philanthropy and going green. Called The Movement, the registered student organization is busy collecting recyclable, used paper and plastic at UTSA.

On their first day, they collected 113 pounds of recyclable, used paper, six pounds of unused paper (donated to Boone elementary school for art projects) and 10 pounds of plastic. The 113 pounds is equivalent to approximately 11,300 sheets of paper. Around the world, approximately 4 billion trees are harvested each year for paper (35 percent of harvested trees); one tree yields 9,000 sheets of paper.

The organization will participate in initiatives such as, "Empty Your Backpack," where students can drop off their unneeded notebooks, review sheets, papers and unbound textbooks for recycling and donation. All used material will be recycled appropriately and all unused, blank end-of-the-notebook pages will be donated to a local elementary school for art and note projects.

"More than 29,000 UTSA students have an average of five 250-sheet notebooks," said Travis Jourdan, a member of The Movement. "That is more than 36.2 million sheets of paper or 4,025 trees per semester."

The group also will accept donated textbooks, which will be sold to raise funds for future initiatives. Plans include recruiting volunteers for nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society.

For more information about The Movement, e-mail theMVMNT@hotmail.com.