For decades, The Refinishing Touch has delivered its award-winning furniture asset management services to college campuses around the nation. From our firsthand experience, we’ve seen a gradual uptake in sustainable initiatives within the higher education sector, not just in repurposing existing assets, but also through the implementation of trayless dining options, tablet-based textbooks, recycling programs and much more.
Students throughout the United States and Canada today are increasingly eager to learn and willing to adapt. Thus, when it comes to sustainability, a college campus is a premier place to implement innovative eco-friendly initiatives.
As always, we took to our weekly poll to learn more about the general public’s perception of sustainability within the higher education industry. We asked, ‘Which group in the higher education industry is the most aware of the need for sustainability?’ and here’s what you told us:
- 40% of respondents believed college students are making the most effective moves towards campus sustainability
- Another 40% thought facility managers are leading the charge towards eco-friendly living
- 20% of those polled felt that high-level administration deserves credit for the rise in green projects, sustainable materials and waste reduction happening on campuses
- Low-level administration was not recognized as an influencer or motivator for sustainable change in the higher education community
College campuses have the opportunity to save countless well-built, high-quality furniture assets from making their way into the nation’s landfills, which can reduce a project’s waste output dramatically. By choosing to refinish, repurpose or re-upholster furniture pieces, rather than buy new during renovations and repairs, a dormitory, campus dining hall or student community center can receive a new look on a reduced budget, with minimal carbon impact.
To participate in our weekly polls, visit our blog, where a new question is posted each week.