Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (B.E.S.T)

      One critical aspect of Barry's Core Commitments is an expectation that all members of the Barry community "recognize the sacredness of Earth." This commitment has re-invigorated a spirit of respect for nature and a desire to reduce human consequences to nature. It has also sparked the development of new and renewed ecological sustainability efforts throughout the University at the President's request.

      The purpose of Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (B.E.S.T.) is to address environmental issues and to increase sustainability throughout all of the Barry University campuses and facilities through efforts such as recycling, double-sided printed or paperless correspondence, reduced energy consumption, education and awareness of ecological impacts, and promotion of Earth-friendly practices.

      Submit a Sustainability Pledge via Facebook at The first 75 students who sign the pledge will receive a free BEST "Barry Green" T-Shirt. Faculty and staff who sign the pledge and make a minimum donation of $5.00 will receive a T-shirt. Proceeds will support sustainability projects at Barry. T-shirts are available from the Office of Mission Engagement, Thompson Hall, 203.

      For more information, please contact Patricia Ramlow at 305-899-3437,

      Barry Recycles

      Barry University is committed to recycling. Empowered by our University Mission and Core Commitment to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change, Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team and Recycling Committee partner with Barry's Facilities Management to coordinate and foster recycling practices, education, and events.

      History of Recycling at Barry University

      When B.E.S.T. was formed a few years ago it took over recycling as a sustainability initiative. Many Barry facilities have implemented single stream recycling and the B.E.S.T. Recycling Subcommittee, chaired by Laura Fothergill, has been active throughout the year in dispersing recycling bins and posters throughout multiple Barry campuses.

      • Through Grant funds from Coca Cola, B.E.S.T. deployed recycling bins to augment existing bins. The goal is to have “trash can parity” so that it is just as easy to recycle as throw something away—this result is achieved when every trash can has a recycling bin next to it. Since deploying the new bins, recycling on the Miami Shores Campus has increased from 4 tons per month to 7 tons per month.
      • Past grant money from the Florida Bar Association (Environmental and Land Use Law Section) augmented facilities funding at the law school to attain similar trash can parity on the law campus. Although Orange County does not weigh the recyclables collected, One-Two dumpsters per week are filled with recycled materials at the law school, diverting over 400 cubic yards of materials from the Orange County landfill every year.

      This heightened ability to recycle and additional information about our recycling program should help all members of the Barry community know how we can support single stream recycling efforts.

      How Does Recycling Happen: The Single Stream System

      Cooperation and support from all members of the campus community is necessary for the success of any recycling program. Through our partnership with Waste Management Services, the university offers single-stream recycling. All recyclable materials go into the same bin, including: plastics, aluminum, steel, and tin, glass, and paper and cardboard packaging.

      The single most important "do's and don't's" for recycling are:

      Do recycle paper, cardboard, and empty glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

      Do Not put food or fluids in the recycling bins—food or liquids such as a half cup of coffee or a partially full plastic water bottle can ruin an entire bin of recycled materials.

      What's "in" in the Barry Recycles Program

      Waste Management Video

      Over ten years ago Barry University formally engaged in environmental practices by developing an Environmental Advisory Task Force. Faculty, staff and students were engaged in sustainability efforts centering on recycling, reuse programs, waste reduction, program development and cost savings throughout the main campus. The University community centered efforts on recycling.

        ECO Tips

        Get rid of the "disposable" lifestyle.

        Americans throw away 113 billion disposable cups, 39 billion disposable eating utensils and 29 billion disposable plates each year. The strain on landfills is obvious, but these products also consume more energy and materials than durable ones, even when washing is considered. Plastic disposables do not biodegrade and may end up as part of the floating flotsam in the ocean that kills wildlife.

        What you can do:

        • Carry your own containers and utensils for take-out meals.
        • If you are serving a large crowd:
          • Ask guests to bring their own tableware.
          • Borrow extra from a neighbor or guest.
          • Rent supplies from a rental shop.
        • Have lightweight, washable tableware set aside for picnics and potlucks.
        • Be proactive in your work place, school, church or other organization.

        Check out the B.E.S.T. Event Planning Guide on the website

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