In Photos: Earth Day at Mt. Trashmore
  • A curious passerby stops outside of Lunt Hall to learn about Mt. Trashmore and environmental initiatives on campus.
  • Mt. Trashmore represents just a portion of the garbage generated on campus each day. The pile was collected over just a few hours, only a small percentage of the overall waste on campus.
  • A sign on the peak of Mt. Trashmore celebrates the fact that recycling programs on campus have drastically reduced the size of the pile and challenges students to make the mountain smaller.
  • Students are reminded during Earth Week to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" at Mt. Trashmore on Friday outside of Lunt Hall.
  • Student volunteers dress up in costumes like a skin-tight morph suit or an outfit fashioned from plastic shopping bags to draw attention and highlight waste on campus.
  • The Northwestern Office of Sustainability, along with student volunteers, display Mt. Trashmore, which was created by stacking trash that's representative of the waste on Northwestern's campus. The aim was to raise awareness and inform the Northwestern community about how they can be more environmentally friendly.
Photos by Ethan Dlugie / North by Northwestern

The Northwestern University Office of Sustainability partnered with environmental activist students to create Mt. Trashmore, a literal representation of the amount of waste regularly generated on campus, Friday outside of Lunt Hall. For four hours, members of the Northwestern Office of Sustainability and student volunteers talked to students about environmental issues like recycling and reducing waste.


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