SUNY Canton Student Redistributes and Recycles Discarded Texts

Alysia Smith

SAVING BOOKS – Alysia M. Smith, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls holds up a book she recovered from a recycling bin at SUNY Canton.

Outdated books can be problematic in an academic setting.

A SUNY Canton student dedicated to environmental awareness is helping solve the textbook problem at Southworth Library by redistributing and recycling a number of books, video tapes, and magazines.

Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls and the President of Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) found out that the library was disposing of outdated materials and sprang into action. She rallied other members SEAS and the college’s Green Campus Committee (GCC) to salvage the ill-fated texts.

The college was in the process of having the books sent to a recycling center through Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Smith, thinking that the books were headed to the landfill, said she originally thought to find homes for the texts. “I will be taking some of the more recent editions to professors, hoping that they could use them,” she said. “Some of the more out-of-date ones I asked Matt Burnett (Assistant Professor of Humanities) to take for his students to use in art projects.”

As fortune or fate would have it, a representative was on campus from the American Cancer Society text book drive. “He immediately took half of the books we had collected and a third of the books discarded.” Burnett said. “I think this reflects strongly on the dedication of our students and their willingness to work towards new solutions for contemporary issues.”

Smith has been combing the discarded books daily. She sorts them into categories for people she knows who can use them and is looking for other outlets to redistribute them. “I’m still driving around with a car full of books,” she said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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