January 22 – 25th was the third year of our three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose” which culminated in Saturday’s public electronics recycling event.
We set aside a day for staff to organize their office – they set aside items of interest to the archives and organize paper documents for shredding and recycling. Everyone participated by joining us for a pizza lunch, including our grounds crew.
Company Electronics Recycling
On Friday employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn was recycling. Staff volunteered to host the drop off during the day, and the IT department brought our recycling up from storage along with batteries that the company had collected for recycling.
Eighth Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public
On Saturday January 25th, we invited the public to bring their electronics for recycling at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling. The rain held off and the weather was comfortable. Issac Ahanmisi, IT Associate , Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator; and Greg Ghazil, Preservation Supervisor turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.
This eight year attracted even larger attendance. An estimated 70 vehicles delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: an exhaust system, a bed frame and a check embosser. We filled 17 pallets which required two truck runs to clear, that’s up from 13 pallets in 2019 for an estimated 4,250 lbs of recycling.
This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager and by the Information Technology Department at Mount Auburn.
17 bins of electronic equipment:
~4250 lbs, 707 items recycled
~500 lbs of scrap metal
70 lbs of alkaline batteries
#1 item recycled: 70 Laptop Computers
Edward O Wilson, Harvard University Faculty Emeritus in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, has been a transcendent figure in the world of biodiversity research. His long and storied career of field study, writing, and teaching, has led him to be called “a Darwin for the modern day.” In his 1984 book “Biophilia,” Dr. Wilson fostered what has been referred to as… the love of life and the living world; and the affinity of human beings to other life forms.
He described biophilia as…
“the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.”
The concept of biophilia is taught at many institutions and groups based upon it’s ideas and applications meet regularly in communities all over the United States.
Join us on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 3pm at Bigelow Chapel for our inaugural Biophilia meeting. The event will be led by David Morimoto, Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University. Speakers from the local academic and research community will share stories about working with Dr. Wilson, or of his influence on their own work.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.
Please rsvp to Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-607-1956.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum and Important Bird Area is open to the public, free of charge, 365 days a year. On the Friday before Mother’s Day we participate in the annual tradition of celebrating public gardens. Join us for a walk and enter our instagram photo contest!
Come to a walking tour!
Trees. They produce oxygen, clean our air of pollutants, provide us shade on a hot day, and mesmerize us with their changing colors and winding branches. It’s hard to express how grateful we are to have over 5,500 trees in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
To enter to win a $25 gift card to Sofra Bakery and Café as well as a Sofra canvas tote bag, Express your love of trees on Instagram and post a selfie with a tree at Mount Auburn Cemetery with the hashtag #MeAndATree. Don’t forget to follow and tag @MountAuburnCemetery’s Instagram account in your post! https://www.instagram.com/mountauburncemetery/
The winner of the contest will be announced on National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!