Campus News

Bowdoin Employees to 'Commute Another Way'

Story posted June 05, 2006

An estimated 200 Bowdoin College employees are expected to participate in Commute Another Way Day (CAWDay) on Wednesday, June 7, 2006. The statewide transportation event aims to promote alternatives to driving alone in order to cut down on pollution and traffic.

While many Bowdoin staffers have signed up to carpool, bike, or walk to work, others are finding less traditional ways to commute.

David Israel, a member of Bowdoin's Information Technology Division, will be strapping on his Rollerblades to skate from his Brunswick home to the Bowdoin campus. Part of his daily commute involves dropping off his four-year-old son, Benjamin, at the Bowdoin Children's Center. Benjamin will still be commuting with Dad on Wednesday, but on his tricycle, equipped with a special bar on the back so Dad can occasionally push and help steer.

"It's exciting that so many Bowdoin employees are finding alternative ways to get to work that will cut down on pollution and traffic, and be fun and healthy at the same time," notes Israel. "And Benjamin is learning early how important it is to help the environment!"

For more information or to register visit http://www.gomaine.org/cawday/ind_reg.php.

In other Bowdoin sustainability news, Bowdoin's fifth annual Dump and Run sale will be held Saturday, June 10, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dayton Arena.

Dump and Run is a huge end-of-the-school-year "move out yard sale." Sponsored by the Sustainable Bowdoin office, the event is part of the College's ongoing efforts to increase on-campus waste reduction and the reuse of materials.

Thousands of good, usable items left behind by departing college students are collected, cleaned, sorted and tagged, then sold at such bargain prices little is left over at the end.

Proceeds from the sale benefit local charities. After covering expenses such as newspaper advertising and truck rental, Bowdoin will distribute all remaining proceeds to 35 local non-profit organizations that are providing volunteers to help with the event.

The 2005 sale set new records: over $30,000 was raised for community non-profits.

The sale will feature items as varied as televisions, furniture, rugs, lamps, hairdryers, mini-refrigerators, sports equipment, bicycles, books, dishes, small appliances, and name-brand clothing.

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