“Thinking outside the sustainability box,” that’s how Michael Colliver, Green Team lead at Radcliffe Institute, describes this event and many of the efforts taking place at Radcliffe Institute. 

In 2012, the Radcliffe Institute yard underwent a major renovation, leaving some plants in need of a new home. While a majority of the plant material has been relocated to other Radcliffe Institute sites, other healthy plants were destined for compost.

Not this time! John Horst, recently retired Operations Director at Radcliffe Institute organized a plant giveaway for staff, ensuring orphaned rhododendron, azalea, hydrangea, and others a new home and allowing staff to give their yard a new look at no cost. In total, over 200 plants were relocated and diverted from the compost, reducing waste and disposal fees. 

Next time you are renovating your outside or indoor space, take a page of the Radcliffe Institute's book and consider how you can encourage reusing old materials that might have otherwise been thrown away.