Phi Theta Kappa Offers Green Opportunities at GCC

Tops Friendly Markets Supports Environmental Initiative
The latest program organized by Genesee Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) to benefit the general community is a one-day plastic bag collection effort at the Batavia Campus on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the cafeteria. All members of the College and local community are encouraged to participate, and those participants who bring in “bags of bags” (35 bags or more) will receive a free Tops Market reusable shopping tote.

“Every year millions of plastic bags are dumped in landfills and thousands more litter our streets, steams and waterways. Plastic bags destroy our marine life and our environment,” Jennifer Bryant, student president of Phi Theta Kappa said. “Our goal with this plastic bag collection and recycling initiative is to promote a healthy alternative.”

Tops Markets is not only donating 100 reusable shopping totes to the recycling effort, but they are also accepting the multitude of bags from PTK’s one-day collection and will ensure that they are properly processed and recycled into other items.

Another green opportunity sponsored by PTK includes signing up for the “End Junk Mail” project wherein PTK members will fill-out and mail in the special postcard in the ‘opt out’ of junk mail database. Participants in this initiative help eliminate the volumes of unwanted junk mail most Americans receive daily. In addition, PTK will be selling the special Chico reusable totes which are made from 100% natural products. Proceeds from the $5 Chico totes support the Hites Foundation scholarship fund for PTK members who are transferring to 4-year colleges.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming.

For more information about PTK, contact Dr. Alicea-Maldonado, faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa at 585-343-0055 x6391 or email: ralicea-maldonado@genesee.edu.
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