Formed in the fall of 2004, the Recycling Task Force, or RTF, is a select group of students who are enthusiastic recyclers! We are in charge of improving Hamilton's recycling program under the wing of Physical Plant. We manage all recycling stations on campus, the distribution of blue bins in the dorm rooms, and special projects. Timothy Gadziala, the Assistant Director of Physical Plant for Custodial and Grounds, head of recycling at Hamilton College, manages the task force, but it remains a student-led initiative. The Task Force acts a liaison between the student body and administration and works to improve recycling at Hamilton. Current projects include raising awareness for Recyclemania, the Trashion Show, spearheading a composting program for individual dorm rooms, and revamping recycling posters.
Alice Henry '14
Alice is from Chicago, IL, and is currently an environmental studies major (biology track). Growing up in a house with a biology teacher, she was raised to care about the environment and her impacts on it. In her house, she always recycled things in blue bags (the old recycling system in Chicago) and it never really occurred to her that other people didn't recycle. It's just so easy! However, it has become clear that habits are sometimes hard to pick up. As part of the RTF, she with my other RTF-ers strive to make recycling an active culture on campus that everyone can easily partake in.
Hannah Haskell '15
Hannah is a junior from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She is a geoscience major and mathematics minor. In addition to being a member of the Recycling Task Force, Hannah is Treasurer of HEAG and a member of the Woolcott CoOp. Through RTF, she hopes to educate our campus about the importance and ease of recycling in our daily lives, as well as to establish an effective recycling program for our community.
Victoria Blumenfeld '16
Victoria is a philosophy major and environmental studies minor from Chappaqua, NY. Besides being involved in the Recycling Task Force, Victoria is the Treasurer of the Hamilton College Community Farm, active member of the Real Food Challenge, community service chair of Hillel, site coordinator for HAVOC, and a tour guide for Admissions. She strives to instill the importance of recycling and being environmental conscientious to those around her and believes RTF's various projects will be a mechanism to do so.
Sara Purinton '17
Sara is a freshman from Purchase, New York. She is a tentative history major and government minor. Along with being on the Recycling Task Force, Sara is a member of the Outing Club, a co-leader of the React to Film club, a social chair for the Women's Rugby Football Club, and a Circulation Student Assistant at Hamilton's Burke Library.
Luke Gernert '16
Jackson Kushner '17
Jackson is a freshman from Pound Ridge, NY. He is a tentative philosophy major, although he is also interested in environmental studies and government. In addition to his work with the Recycling Task Force, Jackson is on the Hamilton varsity baseball team and a member of the Hamilton debate society. He wants to make the entire campus recognize the importance of proper waste management, especially with recyclables and food waste.