Towson University's Anthony Rosas Recognized For Revolutionary Recycling Initiative
TOWSON - Anthony Rosas, former Technical Director in the Department of Theater Arts at Towson University, was honored for his groundbreaking recycling program at Friday's 2023 USM Regents' Staff Awards.
Before Rosas's intervention, the university faced challenges with waste management. Construction waste, metal, wood, brick, and refuse from the university and non-Towson affiliates were all thrown into one dumpster. The Towson Towerlight reports that using a single dumpster not only increased disposal costs – with the university paying $300 for every emptying of the dumpster – but also posed significant environmental concerns.
Thanks to Rosas's vision, the university now utilizes an on-campus construction waste dumpster, which a designated company empties and sorts to retrieve usable materials. According to the USM, the theatre has since raised over $10,000 by selling equipment that would have otherwise been discarded.
All USM Regents' Staff Awards awardees receive a $2,000 prize, jointly funded by their respective institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
"Every time I hear about an experience that's changed a student's life or a program that enriches our communities, or a process that improves our service, I know there are dozens of staff behind the scenes who made it happen," USM Chancellor Jay Perman said. "And so every year, when we pick just a few of these employees to honor—among thousands doing extraordinary things every day—you can be sure they represent the best of us. I can't wait to celebrate their excellence next month."
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