City honors Syd Clark for Sustain Beloit initiative

Syd Clark’23 receives praise from the city of Beloit for keeping recyclables out of landfills and making the community a better place.

Syd Clark'23 started the Sustain Beloit program to keep recyclables out of landfills. Syd Clark’23 started the Sustain Beloit program to keep recyclables out of landfills.
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Syd, a ninth-semester student, spearheaded Sustain Beloit after seeing too many recyclables heading to the landfill. With Beloit College values front and center, Syd urged Beloiters to own their trash.

Beloit City Council President Regina Dunkin’96 honored Syd in the Dec.5 proclamation for their community sustainability effort.

“Thank you for leading the way and helping us to be a more sustainable community. Thank you to you and Beloit College for your leadership,” Dunkin said at Tuesday’s city meeting.

Syd worked with the City of Beloit and Waste Management to launch the program and manage the nearly three tons of waste produced on campus weekly. Sustain Beloit focuses on teaching the campus about recycling and creating safer work conditions for facility employees. With the help and support of the Facility Department and academic advisors, Syd was able to get the program up and running.

Sustain Beloit also creates awareness between the campus community and how we care for the land: the homelands of the Potawatomi, Peoria, Miami, Meskwaki, and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribal communities. Syd says the Sustain Beloit initiative shows respect for these tribal communities and appreciation for the land.

Syd will graduate in May 2023 with degrees in international relations, environmental justice and citizenship, and critical identity studies.

December 05, 2022

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