The goal of the MUSC Sustainability & Recycling Program is to reduce the environmental impact of our campus by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation, and encouraging recycling. Last year, MUSC recycled 27 percent of total solid waste. Guiding departments and units to reduce waste and helping them to conserve resources is our mission, while we continue to increase the proportion of waste that is recycled.
Below you'll find information on our team, awards, and publications.
Kathy McKay, CRP
Sloan Reeves is the recycling coordinator for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Sustainability and Recycling Program. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a minor in psychology. Sloan has a background in transportation and healthcare logistics/supply chain. His experience will help promote our campus recycling efforts.
John Brooker, CRP
John Brooker is the communications specialist for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Sustainability and Recycling Program. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in environmental studies. John has a background in environmental and biological research that has evolved into a passion for sustainability.
Christine von Kolnitz Cooley, ACEM, CRP
Christine Cooley is the sustainability manager for the Medical University of South Carolina. Upon graduating with a BA degree from the College of Charleston in 1992, Christine worked as the recycling coordinator for the College. While there, she was instrumental in establishing the SC DHEC Collegiate Grant Program. In 2004, Mrs. Cooley co-wrote a recycling book titled Recycling and Beyond: A College Campus Primer. MUSC’s most recent environmental awards are the 2011, SC DHEC, Earth Day Award and the Community Pride Environmental Stewardship Award. Mrs. Cooley is a Clemson Extension Master Waste Educator, the treasurer and program committee chair for the College and University Recycling Coalition and an executive committee member of the Robert Lunz Group Sierra Club. Mrs. Cooley was appointed to the City of Charleston Green Committee in 2007 and served as the chair of its Recycling and Solid Waste Subcommittee until May 2012. Mrs. Cooley is the secretary for Cooper Estates Neighborhood and active in Grace Episcopal Church as a member of the Flower Guild.
As of 2016, MUSC is a certified "Bee Campus" by Bee Campus USA. The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit the Bee Campus website.
MUSC Sustainability and Recycling was honored to receive the 2016 Annual Recycling Award from the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) for its Lab Recycling Program.
The award from CRA “honors top performers that advance waste reduction and recycling in the Carolinas.” MUSC’s lab recycling program provides labs with recycling bins and in-person training on how to safely and effectively recycle lab-related plastic, glass, and metal that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. As a result of these efforts, MUSC has seen a 27.5 percent increase in the tonnage of plastic, glass, and metal recycling and has saved $17,000 annually in hauling and landfill fees. There are an estimated 700 labs on campus and MUSC is actively trying to expand recycling to more of them.
The Bioengineering Building located at 70 President Street was completed in 2012 and is now officially certified as the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold building on the MUSC campus.
On May 17, 2013, MUSC was presented two Captain Pride Awards by the Community Pride foundation in recognition of the efforts made by MUSC Grounds, MUSC Office of Health Promotion, and MUSC Nutritional Services to significantly improve our environment, making it a healthier and more pleasant campus.
The City of Charleston presented MUSC with the Green Business Pioneer Award on Feb 8, 2012, at the Best in Green and Local event.
The City of Charleston's 2011-2012 Green Business Challenge recognized MUSC's Dental School for saving 370 gallons of water.
MUSC hosted an award ceremony in the new Drug Discovery building Auditorium on Feb 27, 2013.
The kick-off for the new year and award celebration included a Green Tour of our campus.
The City of Charleston's 2010-2011 Green Business Challenge presented awards to MUSC and 54 other successful participants on Sep 15, 2011.
MUSC College of Health Professions, College of Pharmacy, and Institute of Psychiatry completed the City of Charleston Green Business Challenge. Green Business Challenge Outstanding Energy Savings Award went to MUSC College of Health Professions Building A.
2011 Community Pride Environmental Stewardship Award
SC DHEC 2011 Earth Day Award
Top Ten Finalist in RecycleMania
ASCEM - Association of South Carolina Energy Managers 2010 Energy Project of the year Award
MUSC Sustainability receives 2010 Outstanding University Recycling Program Award from DHEC.
MUSC's paper recycling program was a finalist in the 2010 American Forest & Paper Association Recycling Award.
- Annual Report 2011 - 2012 "The Greening of MUSC (PDF)"
- "Recycling and Beyond: A College Campus Primer (PDF)" – Written and compiled by: Christine vonKolnitz, Medical University of South Carolina, and Karyn Kaplan, University of Oregon