The Old College Try

College campuses have some environmental craming to do: The average student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper. Only five percent of it gets recycled. But not all students are hedonistic, beer-swilling waste creators. More than 450 people from 125 universities attended the Campus Earth Summit at Yale University in February to hear speakers like Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner and her predecessor, William Reilly. Paul Hawken, the author of “The Ecology of Commerce” and head of cataloger Smith and Hawken, told them: “There are a lot of things that come between you and your Calvins.” Among the chemicals used in making clothes: camium, molybdenum and lead. “This jacket I like to wear,” he said, thumbing his tweed at the lapels, “Chromium, zinc, tin…”