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Clemson pictures a green world: Sustainable art exhibition encourages recycling materials.

Clemson pictures a green world:
Sustainable art exhibition encourages recycling materials.

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This article originally appeared in The Tiger on March 30, 2012 | PRINT

Where does recycling go after it’s thrown into the bin? On Thursday, April 5, recycled cans, newspaper and bottles will reappear in the form of artistic masterpieces at the Picture Green 2012 Sustainable Art Exhibition. Local and student artists will showcase artwork made with a sustainable or nature theme and made from recycled materials.

From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Hendrix Center’s David Peebles Room, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to check out artwork crafted from everyday materials, like soda cans, milk bottles, metal tins and more. Works include life-size sculptures, paintings, jewelry and musical instruments, all made by local and student artists.

A judge from The Arts Center, a local, nonprofit community arts center in Clemson devoted to making art education accessible to the community, will critique the works. The first-place winner will receive a generous gift certificate to a local art supply store, and second- and third-place artists will win Solid Green gift packages. Attendees can enter a raffle to win hand-crafted jewelry made from natural and precious stones.

Participants will not be selling their work during the exhibition; however, attendees can make arrangements to sell their pieces at a later time. The idea of Picture Green started in 2009 when Julia Fielding, a former Clemson undergraduate and MBA student, met with her professors to create a sustainable event for the arts. In past years, professors and other speakers were asked to present talks concerning “green” issues such as renewable energy, sustainable business development and green building. Films promoting and discussing sustainable topics were also screened in McKissick Theater.

This year, Picture Green will be associated with the nationwide recycling competition RecycleMania. Clemson Recycling Services will celebrate the University’s results and hope to inspire more Tigers to reduce their impact on society. RecycleMania has been a success this year, as Recycling Services has promoted the competition through various service events and activities. These events include the No Impact Man screening in McKissick Theatre followed by a discussion on sustainability. Various student groups also volunteered to perform a waste audit on a few buildings on campus.

Julie Conard, a senior architecture major and art minor, is excited to be a participant in the exhibition.

“So many of our art and design projects are about issues of sustainability,” Conard said. “I am excited to participate in RecycleMania’s art show because it not only gives me the chance to show my work publicly, but it also allows us as artists to partner with SolidGreen, who are working to achieve the vision of our pieces.”

For more information, visit the Clemson Recycles Facebook page or


Clemson RecycleMania Video in the News!

Clemson University recycling video selected for national competition

By Taylor Reeves

CLEMSON — A video created by Clemson University Recycling Services and Video Production Services for this year’s RecycleMania competition has garnered national attention as one of the top 10 videos among universities across the country.

The short film, titled “The Spirit of Recycling at Clemson,” was recognized out of 30 submitted Youtube videos as one of the 10 best in the nation. To win the overall RecycleMania video contest, it must receive more “likes” on Youtube than any other top 10 video.

“We are so honored to be included in this year’s RecycleMania video contest. The video is a really fun and easy way to raise some awareness and support for our recycling program,” said Kate Ripley, promotions intern for Recycling Services.

The video competition runs through Monday, March 26, and people can vote for Clemson’s video at thisYouTube address and clicking “like.”

RecycleMania is an annual competition among more than 600 universities nationwide to recycle as much material as possible over a five-week period. Last year, Clemson finished second in the ACC behind the University of Maryland.

Volunteers get down and dirty

Dirty Jobs event at Kite Hill is another RecycleMania success.

This article originally appeared in The Tiger on March 9, 2012 | PRINT

As part of RecycleMania, Clemson Recycling Services and CLEMSONLiVE hosted the university’s first ever “Clemson Dirty Jobs” event. Although Mike Rowe and his Discovery Channel television crew were not present to capture the action, 23 students helped make this waste audit possible, producing a total recycling rate of 85 percent.

Last week, Feb. 27-March 2, three teams made up of Clemson students from all walks of life met at the Kite Hill recycling center to do a dirty job: sort trash and save recyclable materials from the landfill. These three teams represented Students for Environmental Action (SEA), the Environmental Engineering graduate program, and the rowing and volleyball teams. Students geared up with haz-mat suits and gloves to tackle more than 1,800 pounds of waste.

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Student Groups for Sustainability

A few of us here at MantraMeds are Clemson University Alumni. Clemson has several student groups dedicated to sustainability. Check them out on Facebook to support their initiatives or to get similar groups started at your alma mater!

Clemson Recycles – Our mission is to promote recycling through coordination and sponsoring events to raise awareness about recycling at Clemson University and in the community. Like Clemson Recycles on facebook!

Solid Green – The mission of the Solid Green Club (SGC) is to function as an active extension of the Clemson University Solid Green Committee (SG) by bringing about a heightened awareness of environmental issues, promoting a “Green Clemson” community and coordinating and sponsoring educational and service activities that further the community’s commitment to a more sustainable environment.  Like Solid Green on Facebook!

Students for Environmental Action -Mission is to promote sustainability through advocacy, education, and funding projects that address environmentalism. Like Students for Environmental Action on Facebook!

Clemson RecycleMania Kick-Off!

Help Clemson Recycling Services start out RecycleMania right with our Kick-Off event on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.!

There will be games, giveaways and more- all devoted to promoting a sustainable campus. Located in both the Hendrix Loggia AND Union lobby,come to learn more about how YOU can take part in RecycleMania!

RecycleMania is a friendly competition among university recycling programs. During 8 weeks each spring, schools compete to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness of conservation issues across campus.


For more information about RecycleMania, visit our Web or

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RecycleMania Video!

Clemson University’s RecycleMania 2012 Video Entry is finally here!!!

Click the image below or the URL beneath the image to view Clemson’s entry

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Save the Date! Recyclemania

Go to Clemson Recycles’ Facebook page to find updates about their RecycleMania entry! Click here:

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