Giving back to the community with UNB Sustainability

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Are you looking for a way to give back to your community while also becoming more organized? If so, you’re in luck!

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UNB Sustainability is partnering with Habitat for Humanity so you can donate unwanted items instead of having them end up in a landfill. As an added bonus, Habitat for Humanity will pick up your unwanted items free of charge!

Starting off the semester right

As the winter semester commences, many students struggle with settling back into their busy schedules. This can lead to procrastination and disorganization. A great way to prevent this from happening is to ensure that your study and workspace are clean and organized. This can help to improve your productivity as well as your quality of work. 

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The start of a new year and a new semester is the perfect time to declutter your space and get rid of any items you no longer need. Instead of throwing away these gently used or new items, donate them to Habitat for Humanity! 

As students, we all know the increasing cost of living is putting a lot of strain on many people’s lives. So, if you are able to, it is more important now than ever to help our community.

How it works

This partnership between UNB Sustainability and local non-profit charitable organization, Habitat for Humanity ReStore diverts good-quality items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. 

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You can reach our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore by phone at (506) 635-7867, to organize a pickup time or you can visit them at 772 Rothesay Avenue to drop off your donations.  

If you are scheduling a pickup, make sure you reach out to them a few days in advance so they can schedule a convenient time.

What to donate

Habitat for Humanity accepts all kinds of donations. Some examples of items they accept are…

  • Housewares and Home Décor
  • Furniture
  • Tools,
  • Building Materials
  • Electronics (working or not)
  • Appliances
  • Seasonal, Garden, and other Outdoor Items
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However, there are some items that they do not accept due to safety concerns. Items such as mattresses, tires, weapons, car seats, and automotive parts will be rejected.

What Habitat for Humanity is all about

At its core, Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell new and used items. This organization has become so much more than a regular thrift store. 

Not only is it a great option to donate to this organization but purchasing items at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a socially conscious decision, as the funds generated are used to support local Habitat for Humanity homebuilding initiatives.

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Shopping at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore is also an environmentally friendly decision as most items are new, gently used, or returned items that would otherwise end up in landfills. Who knew shopping could be so rewarding?

If you are interested in supporting our local Habitat for Humanity Restore, it is located at 727 Rothesay Avenue, only a few minutes away from campus.

UNB Sustainability

UNB Sustainability is a program that encourages and guides UNB in advancing as a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable institution.

UNB Sustainability works on various projects, with many internal and external partners, to improve the sustainability of the UNB Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Their latest partnership with Habitat for Humanity is one of many projects they have commissioned in order to better our school and community 

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Their ultimate goal is to promote sustainable actions and green living at both UNB campuses. They achieve this goal by implementing new policies that better our campus.

“Some might not know that since April 2022, it has been an official UNB policy that, before disposing of office furniture, UNB reaches out to our local HFH ReStore to coordinate the pick-up of goods on campus. This reduces what we put into the landfill while helping to support local home-building projects!” Autumn Downey from  UNB Sustainability says. 

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