APU Encourages Departments to Go Green

by Randi Van Wyk '09

Azusa Pacific University recently recognized the University Bookstore, Maintenance Services, and the University Libraries as the “greenest” departments on campus. These departments have taken steps to promote environmental stewardship in and around the APU community.

As part of their initiative to go green, the University Bookstore offers recycled products and promotes recycling textbooks at the end of each semester. Similarly, both Maintenance Services and the University Libraries are involved in bringing energy saving projects to APU to benefit the community environment.
Toney Snyder, assistant director of environmental stewardship (ES), takes the lead in APU’s efforts by developing programs that promote conservation, recycling, and sustainability. These programs have facilitated service management, recycling efforts on campus, and encouraging community involvement.
“The future of the ES department is bright. There is so much to do and everyone wants to help,” said Snyder. “We hope that our plans impact all aspects of our community so that faculty, staff, and students will be able to see that creation care and environmental stewardship is a part of our mission to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life.”  
As the university continues to encourage the APU community to think green, several departments have jumped on board including: Landscaping, Custodial Services, Design and Construction, Maintenance Services, Food Services, Duplicating Services, Mail Services, University Bookstore, Computer Store, IMT, and Auxiliary Services. Each department has made significant contributions toward recycling and conservation efforts.
For more information on the university's environmental stewardship, or to share success stories or find out how you can help, contact Snyder at tsnyder@apu.edu.