Ever wanted to care for the environment, learn how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle, or just love free stuff?
Shenandoah Greenworks makes it possible for you make a real, tangible difference to the Shenandoah University community. We support sustainability efforts on campus, grow and care for the campus garden, and operate the campus Free Store.
Looking for a way to build leadership, marketable job skills, and spend some time digging in the dirt? Shenandoah Greenworks is always looking for students to become Sustainability Educators. All that’s needed is a desire to educate and a love of the environment.
Located in Cooley Hall, Shenandoah Greenworks seeks to educate, inspire and support sustainability by working in partnership with the Shenandoah University community to reduce waste and promote sustainability.
For the entire week of APril 16th through the 20th, 2018 if you post on a social media platform with the hashtag #SUgreenweek and tag SU Student Life you will be entered into a drawing for one of the Greenworks reusable grocery bags, reusable coffee mugs, reusable water bottles, reusable straws, and much more. Drawings will be daily and we will have a live drawing on Friday at the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Carnival.
Monday, April 16th/ Trash Audit Day
Sort the day’s “trash” out on the Quad with the Greenworks crew! We will be on the Quad from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. sorting every last molecule for the Shenandoah University 2018 trash audit. Come out and talk to us about your trash and find out what you are throwing away that could be reused or recycled! Donations gladly accepted.
Tuesday, April 17th/ Fair Trade Day
Greenworks is partnering with local Fair Trade organizations like My Neighbor and Me, to bring their shop straight to YOU! Greenworks will be conducting an interactive fair trade show in the BSC while local Fair Trade vendors will be promoting and selling fair trade products from producers around the world. We will be in the BSC from 10am-7pm.
Wednesday, April 18th/ Energy Awareness Day
Greenworks is teaming up with Physical Plant and local energy companies to jazz up the quad with a variety of energy sources from coal to solar panels! Join us on the Quad from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk about how to conserve energy.
Thursday, April 19th/ Bike and Walk to Class Day
Find us out and about as you walk or ride your bike to class. We will be handing out free “I walked/biked to class” stickers all day! Make sure to take a picture of yourself and post it to a social media outlet with the hashtag #SUGreenWeek and tag @SUStudentLife to be entered into a drawing to win one of two SU bookstore gift cards.
Friday, April 20th/ Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Carnival Day
Come one come all to the Green Week carnival for activities and games for a chance to win sustainable reusable prizes! The Carnival will be on the SU Quad from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out with your knowledge of human impacts on the environment and an open mind to learn more!
The Shenandoah Greenworks Swap Shop
The shop is located in Cooley Hall, Room 204, and is generally open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. one week out of every month.
Fall 2017 Opening Dates:
Monday, Jan, 29th – Friday, Feb. 2nd
Monday, Feb. 12th – Friday, Feb. 16th
Monday, Feb. 26th – Friday, Mar. 2nd
Monday, Mar. 12th – Friday, Mar. 16th
Monday, Mar. 26th – Friday, Mar. 30th
Monday, Apr. 9th – Friday, Apr. 13th
Monday, Apr. 23rd – Friday, Apr. 27th
Frequently Asked Questions
Is everything really free?
Yes! Everything in Shenandoah Greenworks is free. And remember, that when you have gently used, unwanted items, you can drop them off at the shop for someone else. The drop off shelf is located outside of the Shop in Cooley Hall.
What kind of items does Shenandoah Greenworks accept?
As long as it’s not excessively dirty, torn or worn, the shop will take almost anything.
Things that are not accepted include:
- underwear, lone pairs of socks or gloves, worn bathing suit bottoms
- large power tools
- broken or frayed electrical appliances
- anything that belongs to Shenandoah University
- large appliances such as mini refrigerators need to be working properly and should be arranged for drop-off
What if I want to drop something off and no one is around?
There is a designated bookshelf outside the shop for drop offs. Staff will process new drop offs.
I’m looking for something in particular
If you don’t see what you want in the shop, ask a staff member to check in the back. We try to periodically rotate our stock, so some things just may not be out at the moment. You can also leave us your contact information and the description of the item you want. If something comes in, we’ll try to contact you.
I saw you advertise an item on the “Free & For Sale at Shenandoah” Facebook page. Will you hold it for me?
Sorry, all items in the shop are first come first serve.
What happens to items that no one wants? Do you ever throw things away?
The Shenandoah Salvage Company tries to re-use or re-purpose things as much as possible. Sometimes, something is so broken or torn it can’t be reused it must go to the trash. Items of good quality but not of interest to students are given to local thrift shops or used to support community aid efforts. In the past, we have given to Good Will, supported a local pre-school, and sent items to West Virginia to aid flood victims.
Can you give me proof of donation for tax deductions?
Sorry, we’re set up on a barter system and are unable to provide proof for tax deductions.
The Garden is a new initiative as of Spring 2016. Located right next to Cooley Hall, the garden constantly changes but is generally planted with a variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
Want to volunteer? Let us know. We can always use a hand water, planting, or weeding.
Stay tuned for Spring 2017!
Shenandoah Greenworks Student Director
Outdoor Leadership & Education Instructor | Shenandoah Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Coordinator