"The Future Is Bright":

Students in Prof. Jeff Klepper’s U100 class made lanterns out of recycled items that directly relate to the themes and ideas in the Freshman Common Reading, Garbology.

Each lantern was built by four students in the class.The students have their top strengths (identified by StrengthsQuest) represented on the lantern they helped to build.

"Upcycled Holidays"

Upcycling is the process of taking waste materials and using them to create something useful or beautiful.

Inspired by Garbology, this project created by students in Prof. Heidi Schumacher’s class demonstrates one of the ways they are changing our relationship to trash.

The class has created upcycled holiday gifts for friends and family.

"Pollution and Non-Sustainability: down deep and around the world"

Inspired by the book Garbology, students in Dr. Paul Lonquich’s U100 class looked at the effects of pollution on fish and took a tour around the world highlighting areas where sustainability is only a dream…

"My Garbage!"

In this project created by Dr. Kim Henige’s U100 class, students kept all of their garbage from one day,arranged their garbage in a creative way, took a picture of it, and wrote a short reflection about the experience of saving their garbage and ideas they have about changes they could make in the future.

"My Garbage!"

In this project created by Dr. Kim Henige’s U100 class, students kept all of their garbage from one day,arranged their garbage in a creative way, took a picture of it, and wrote a short reflection about the experience of saving their garbage and ideas they have about changes they could make in the future.

"CAN-dle Holders: Re-purposed Trash"


These CAN-dle holders are made from used soda cans and
snack bags. Based on Garbology, students in Prof. Mary Riggs’s class re-purposed throw-away materials to make decorative and useful objects.

"One Man’s Trash…"

Students in Prof. Roberta Vadman’s U100 class focused on reducing their lifetime generation of trash by purchasing used rather than new items. They examined both environmental and societal costs when making
purchasing decisions. They also looked at the benefits of buying used when living on a college student budget.

Our World: Trash or Treasure?

Students in Prof. Carolyn Darin’s U100 class designed a globe decorated as a visual metaphor of what will happen to our planet if we continue to irresponsibly dispose of waste, versus if we choose to more responsibly dispose of our waste products.

"Freshman Survival Kit"

Students in Prof. Carolyn Darin’s U100 class compiled helpful tips for surviving your first semester at college, such as “Eat healthy,” “Join clubs,” “Learn how to say no….,” and “Apply for scholarships.” Each suggestion is imaged as an item from a “freshman first-aid kit.”

"Freshman Survival Kit"

Students in Prof. Carolyn Darin’s U100 class compiled helpful tips for surviving your first semester at college, such as “Eat healthy,” “Join clubs,” “Learn how to say no….,” and “Apply for scholarships.” Each suggestion is imaged as an item from a “freshman first-aid kit.”

"The Humanities – A Force for Positive Social Change"

Students of Prof. Debbi Mercado in the U100 Humanities cohort created projects reflecting their individual talents in creative writing, poetry, arts, and film – all of which have been used to create social change. The projects are meant to raise awareness of the issues in Garbology and to urge viewers to “do one thing” to help the environment.

Inspired by Garbology, students in Prof. Katie Christolear’s class researched issues and solutions for waste in their communities. After collecting their own trash, groups compared the collections to determine the most common items. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of repurposing waste, each group reworked their materials into a creative, artistic display.