University of Minnesota

Beautiful U Day to feature ReUse-A-Palooza and building cleanout

More than used bikes for under $50

April 11, 2012

What: Beautiful U Day – ReUse-A-Palooza
When: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis

University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff will be treated to the inaugural ReUse-A-Palooza during the 15th Annual Beautiful U Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, on Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. In addition, staff from 65 campus buildings have signed-up to participate in a building cleanout.

More than 100 gently used bikes will be available for sale and the university’s ReUse Program Warehouse will showcase the wide variety of quality items that it redistributes to the campus community each year. Used bike retailer will offer free quick checks on bikes purchased at the event.

While this is the ReUse Program’s inaugural ReUse-A-Palooza, the program has long been a Twin Cities campus fixture. The ReUse Program collects surplus office furniture, supplies, equipment and parts from throughout the Twin Cities campus and sells them to university departments and eventually to the public. The ReUse program collects and redistributes items valued at more than $200,000 per year. In fiscal year 2011, the program diverted 229 tons of items that could have ended up in a landfill. In 2012, the program projects that it will increase that number to 381 tons diverted. The U of M ReUse Program saved the university $208,300 in fiscal year 2011 and in 2012 the program projects that it will save the university $342,800. Several other campus and local organizations that focus on reusing resources will staff information tables at the event.

University Services Vice President Kathleen O'Brien, who will be participating in her 10 th and final Beautiful U Day, will kick-off ReUse-A-Palooza with a speech at 10:30 a.m. She will also present the inaugural Beautiful U Day Medallion Hunt clue that will help one lucky person win a free bike.

O’Brien will announce the launch of the U’s newest conservation campaign to win over the campus community with the promise of prizes for those who support the school’s “green” party – It All Adds Up. Posters and sidewalk clings mimicking election campaign slogans will adorn campus with messages aimed at changing attitudes towards conserving campus resources. Each poster and cling has a QR code that will link mobile devices to the It All Adds Up Facebook page where people can “Like” the page for a chance to win an iPad. Monthly prize drawings will be held for anyone who “Likes” It All Adds Up – U of M through August, then weekly prizes will be awarded through the end of the 2012 presidential campaign on Nov. 6. The earlier you “Like” It All Adds Up, the more chances you have to win.

Building Cleanout

University departments in 65 campus buildings have registered to fill more than 200 hampers with items that are no longer in use and taking up valuable space during a campus-wide Building Cleanout from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Beautiful U Day. Facilities Management will collect and recycle most of the items.

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