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Campus California: Promoting Sustainability and Waste Reduction
Campus California was founded in 2000; since the group’s inception, the organization has worked tirelessly to help people who are impacted by global climate change and poverty. The group serves individuals both in the United States and around the world. The program’s ultimate goal is to support sustainability projects while meeting solid waste reduction goals for the state of California.
In 2011, California passed a piece of legislature called AB 341; this law requires the state to work toward a 75 percent reduction in solid waste by the year 2020. Since the law was created, the cities and counties in the state have reported pounds of waste collected by the team at Campus California as a way to demonstrate progress toward that goal. The team supports these efforts, and has since altered its mission statement to properly reflect a commitment to waste reduction through a partnership with local cities and counties.
About the programs
The organization works to support sustainability projects, thus powering the state towards its solid waste reduction goal numbers by collecting and selling donated items. The group also works with individuals in the communities that are most heavily impacted by global climate change and poverty; they offer support and aid to these people.
The organization provides a range of innovative programs that focus on school recycling, community cleanup efforts, art projects, and placing donation boxes at local business, which makes it easy and convenient for members of the community to drop off used clothing. The team also partners with other non-profit groups throughout California in order to help fuel this mission. They save the items that are placed in the boxes but don’t get sold, like food, toys, and books, then give them to local groups and schools that can use them. They also collect toys and books and donate them to smaller non-profits that don’t have the staff to attend community cleanup events.
Campus California On Their Program Partners
Campus California believes that every person has the right to achieve success in his or her life. The donation of unwanted, gently used clothes and shoes helps to make this success possible, by offering up necessary materials to individuals who might not otherwise have access to them. The group also works to provide assistance to other beneficial community programs around the country as they spread their mission to residents in need. Here are some of the community programs that Campus California supports:
The members of IICD Massachusetts, alongside Humana People to People, work to understand garden farming techniques and take up membership in farming clubs. This action helps to shift people’s perspectives on low-quality, processed food, thus promoting healthier life choices for community members. A recent update from the organization explains, “Sometimes a small change can lead to bigger things—a tipping point. Smoking used to be cool, and now after a few decades of education, people are choosing a healthier lifestyle.”
Since the creation of these programs, thousands of rural farmers have started to participate in farming clubs, and are now able to feed the residents in their community health, fresh food. IICD Massachusetts aims to get students prepared to help in rural Africa by teaching them to create their own community garden. The students note that they can taste the difference between the vegetables that they grow and the ones that they buy from the grocery store. Currently, they’re focusing on increasing production. They’re also working to build a greenhouse.
This non-profit has worked in partnership with YouthBuild USA, who works to offer comprehensive education, counseling, leadership development, support services, job and life skills coaching, and on-the-job residential construction training, in addition to NCCER certification. The organization was created in 1996.
IICD Michigan, with the assistance of YDB, hosted a weekend retreat recently. During this trip, participants enjoyed presentations, inspirational sessions, art workshops, and other programs that young people helped to create. IICD student Nahyun explains that one of the most meaningful parts of the experience was the question and answer session that occurred after the presentations. He states, “We asked why they joined YDB, and everyone had time to explain their reasons.” The responses were insightful and often heart wrenching. Some people joined because they were suffering from inequality or poverty. These situations made the individuals feel as though it was impossible to adapt to society, thus giving them a sense of hopelessness. Their participation in this group has helped them to overcome these feelings, thus improving their lives.
RVA St. Vincent
The volunteer training programs found at RVA offer similarities to those at IICD Michigan and IICD Massachusetts, though RVA does have some unique traits. Participants aren’t just training to assist in a developing country, they’re actually learning in a developing country. They get many chances to take part in bringing about change right off the bat. Since the Academy re-opened in 2007, more than 140 volunteers from across the globe have received training in working with Humana People to People in Ecuador and Africa.
The Academy has put together several projects, including a community center in the North Leeward area of St. Vincent, which also features a farm and a nature and hiking center. Richmond Vale Academy offers a unique opportunity for learning in the Caribbean. The institution has granted six full scholarships to local residents, and plans to hand out four more during 2013.
Academy attendees participate in a variety of outreach events like Open Saturdays, World Coastal Clean Up Day, the Rose Hall Community Center upgrade, and the creation of educational and sports clubs in the area. Individuals also provide aid to orphans and those with physical disabilities. The group’s farm boasts limes, vegetables, bananas, pineapples, and passion fruit; it’s also home to sheep and pigs.
Campus California partners with other charitable organizations to help improve the lives of those dealing with poverty and global climate change around the world. The group teams up with organizations such as IICD Michigan and IICD Massachusetts to provide assistance to those in need. In addition to these efforts, they also set up donation boxes around California, making it easy for individuals to drop off their used textiles. These items benefit people, but also help to cut down on the amount of waste that clogs up landfills each day. Campus California was founded in 2000.
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