Students make good use of old stuff

By Nancy George

Goodwill Industries of Dallas and Southern Methodist University (SMU) have joined forces in an innovative sustainability initiative, ensuring that end-of-semester moves are not only efficient but also environmentally conscious. By strategically placing donation trucks throughout campus, students were encouraged to donate gently used clothing, shoes and household items instead of discarding them.

Goodwill collected 29,000 lbs. from SMU students.
Photo courtesy of SMU

The result? An impressive diversion of nearly 29,000 pounds from the landfill, demonstrating the power of collaboration in fostering sustainable practices. This partnership not only benefits the local community but also instills in students a sense of responsibility towards the environment. By prioritizing donation over disposal, Goodwill and SMU are leading the charge in reducing waste and fostering a culture of responsible consumption.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with SMU in promoting sustainability and social responsibility,” said Tim Heis, Goodwill president and CEO. “Together, we’re making a significant impact by diverting waste and providing valuable resources to our mission at Goodwill.” Each donation translates into free career and support services to individuals with barriers to employment that Goodwill serves throughout eight counties across North Texas. 

The success of this partnership underscores the importance of collective action in tackling pressing environmental issues. Through continued collaboration and commitment, Goodwill and SMU are paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, contact Goodwill Industries of Dallas at [email protected] or SMU Residence Life and Student Housing at [email protected].