A Small Suggestion, A Huge Donation

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UMD's Bryan French and sustainability students with donated text books
Bryan French with students from the Office of Sustainability, Kate Strassman, Hannah Farmer, and Chelsea Cansino, and the 6,000 pounds of books

A math professor has about 100 old textbooks he wants to see reused. One month later, six pallets worth of books are donated to A Greener Read.

A word problem and a lesson in civic engagement rolled into one, it's what happens when Professor Peckham's suggestion is transformed into an illustration of Those Who Can, Duluth.

UMD's Office of Sustainability took Peckham's idea to campus, arranging a collection site and getting the word out. Bryan French, Sustainability Programs Coordinator, says the response was awesome, "A wide range of departments donated more than 6,000 pounds of books."

The books will be shipped to A Greener Read. The non-profit collects old textbooks and redistributes them to organizations like the Women's Prison Book Project, for women earning their GED or college degree, and Books for Africa.

"This donation is a very positive reflection on the UMD campus," says Bryan.

Those who can, Duluth

Story by Lori C. Melton, September 2014

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