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Environmental sustainability is not simply an effort at home or at work. It is a community-wide effort. It is a state-wide effort. It is a global effort. Below is a list of resources for your home, your work here at NDSU, and your community. 

Video Resources

Here are a selection of videos that give more information and clarification on recycling plastics. 

  1. Inforum's interview with Jen Pickett of the City of Fargo Recycling.
  2. CBS Sunday Morning's segment titled, "Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastics."
  3. PBS New Hour, "You're Not Supposed to Recycle Plastic Bags at Home, But Why?"

Audio Resources

Here are a selection of audio files that give more information on various sustainability topics. 

Recyclable or Not? A Panel Discussion - 2019

Will be posted soon. An audio recording on the panel discussion held November 11, 2019. The panelists were Jen Pickett, City of Fargo; Pete Zimmerman, NDSU Facilities; and Mary Aldrich, Minnkota. Gain more insight into the recyclable product markets and what items are most salable. Use this information to guide the purchases you make for yourself and your home. 

Recyclable or Not? Panel Discussion - 2018

47 mins. (This audio is edited for time.)

An audio recording of a panel discussion, held September 5, 2018 at NDSU. Speakers include Pete Zimmerman, associate director of Facilities Management at NDSU; Mariah Erickson, president of the student Environmental Sustainability Club; Jen Kacere, NDSU Residence Life; and Jen Pickett, recycling coordinator for the City of Fargo. 

This panel discussion covers information about NDSU's All-In-One recycling program and answers a variety of frequently asked questions.

Sustainable Technology Panel Discussion -

43 mins. (This audio is edited for time.)

An audio recording of a panel discussion, held December 5, 2018 at NDSU. Speakers include Mike Ellingson, director of Facilities Management; Macy Whitman, vice-president of the student Environmental Sustainability Club; Jim Sellner, desktop support in Information Technology Services; and Adam Muske, executive commissioner of technology for Student Government. 

This panel discussion covers information about various sustainability concerns and initiatives at NDSU and answers the audience's frequently asked questions.

Composting Essentials Panel Discussion

40 mins. (This audio is edited for time)

An audio recording of a panel discussion, held March 6th at NDSU. Speakers include: Danielle Pinnick, Public Health Department; Abby Gold, chair of Public Health Department; Katherine Nelson DeShaw, Graduate School; and Travis Kitch; Sociology and Anthropology. 

This panel covers composting essentials which will help you get started composting at home, reduce your garbage bill, and move your household closer to zero waste. 


NDSU Sustainability Information:

Departments and organizations with information about environmental sustainability practices on their web pages will be linked from this page. If you are aware of a web page that should be linked here, email the NDSU Environmental Sustainability Committee.

NDSU Facilities Management Sustainability - NDSU Facilities Management offers information and historical data on NDSU's recycling program. You will also find information about landscaping, heating plant, and maintenance/repair efforts.

NDSU now offers single stream or all-in-one recycling across campus (except in the residence halls). You can either put your recycling in the recycling bins around campus OR you can place your recyclables in the white boxes that were previously distributed for office paper. Because we now have single stream recycling, everything can go in those recycling boxes. Custodians in your building will dump all those items into one bin. Refer to this poster to determine what is recyclable and refer to this poster to determine what is not recyclable in NDSU's single stream recycling. Be sure to check out the other sites below to determine if there are other places to recycle your items

Local Recycling Information:

If you are not already recycling, here are some sources of information to get you started. Recycling is extremely important in Fargo and at NDSU because Fargo's landfill has about three years left until it is full. Every bit of recycling helps to provide more time before the landfill is full. If you currently recycle, revisit these websites to ensure you are recycling everything that is available in your city. The Environmental Sustainability Committee Challenges you to step up your recycling efforts from wherever you are at right now. 

City of Fargo - The City of Fargo has a number of environmental sustainability initiatives. Read about compost and wood chip giveaways, electronic recycling, disposal of yard waste, proper disposal of household hazardous waste, and its household hazardous waste recycling program. They also have a chart that shows the amount of energy the landfill produces from wind, solar, and methane collection and the resale value of the excess electricity produced. 

City of Moorhead - The City of Moorhead also has a number of environmental sustainability initiatives. On their website you will find detailed information about the city-wide all-in-one recycling program, recycling during the holidays, electronics disposal, household hazardous waste reuse and disposal, and yard waste collection, and compost/wood chip distribution. Note that every resident is charged for the all-in-one recycling whether or not they participate in the program. Moorhead's all-in-one program also accepts many items that other all-in-one programs do not.

City of West Fargo - The City of West Fargo has an extensive manual for it's sanitation and recycling services which covers everything a homeowner would need to know about recycling including where to recycle common items not accepted by the city. It also includes instructions on obtaining compost and wood chips for your yard.

MinnKota - MinnKota Enviroservices, Inc. offers personal secure document destruction and hard drive destruction for a minimal fee. They also pay per pound for some types of recyclables, like newspaper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles, that are delivered to their facility. 

Get Involved:

Take your personal Environmental Sustainability initiatives to the next level by becoming part of one of the following organizations. Where can you have the greatest impact?

FM Sustainability Network - A Facebook page
The F-M Sustainability Network is designed to connect people in the Fargo-Moorhead community concerned with sustainability issues.

Clay County Plastic Bag Task Force - A Facebook page
A local group trying to educate the public on plastic consumption, and how to recycle different types of plastics.

Dakota Resource Council - The Dakota Resource Council promotes sustainable use of North Dakota’s natural resources and family-owned and operated agriculture by building member-led local groups that empower people to influence the decision-making processes that affect their lives and communities.

Sierra Club of North Dakota
Jim Stewart, Executive Committee Chair

Sierra Club-Dacotah Chapter explores, enjoys and protects North Dakota's outdoors. Members of our local groups also organize outings, take action on local, state and national environmental and conservation issues and policies, and enjoy the camaraderie of people who believe in the value of our natural world. 

CLEAN  - A Facebook page
Ed Gruchalla

Citizens Local Energy Action Network (C.L.E.A.N.) serves the Fargo/Moorhead community to work for continuous sustainability, emission reductions, and efficiency improvement in the energy sector, and alternative fuels for transportation. 

North Dakota Clean Cities
Robert Moffitt

The mission of North Dakota Clean Cities (NDCC) is to reduce the impact of fuel and vehicle emissions on our environment and health. NDCC believes the effort begins with influencing consumer choice. We seek to raise consumer and fleet understanding of new technologies and products that are significantly better for our air quality. NDCC believes a majority of consumers and fleet drivers, when properly informed and presented with affordable options will make a Clean Air Choice®.

Ugly Food of the North - Goal is to create a more sustainable Fargo-Moorhead food system through education, networking, and community organizing.

For More Sustainability Information:


A partnership between the City of Fargo, NDSU, and the two utility companies in Fargo: Cass County Electric Coop and Xcel Energy. It was formed to enter Fargo into the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a two-year competition in which fifty cities across the United States are seeking to take innovative actions in the way they understand, use, and plan energy use reduction.  efargo won the grand prize.  Check out their website for more energy saving information.

A website that offers a handy guide to recycling various items in your home or workplace including information on myths about certain items as well as drop off locations for the various categories of recyclables. Visit this site to follow the step-by-step journey of a recyclable item to its new life. Or, play a game that teaches you how single stream recycling is sorted. Visit >>

This website gives you a searchable database of where to recycle many common and uncommon recyclables. You can also find videos and frequently asked questions on proper recycling including that question about whether or not your pizza box is recyclable. Hint: The non-oily parts are. Cut out the oily parts and recycle away! Visit >>

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