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Vol 1 Issue #15 April, 2010

Ensure Proper Disposal of Refrigerant-containing Appliances & Equipment

Kennesaw State University (KSU) owns appliances and equipment that may contain ozone-depleting refrigerants and substitute refrigerants that are subject to the federal regulations. Examples of these type of equipment include: central and room air conditioning units, refrigerators, freezers, chillers, drinking water coolers, dehumidifiers, research equipment, vending-machines, etc.

To ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, KSU has developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to serve as a guideline on servicing, repair, maintenance, and disposal of any appliance/equipment, both large and small, that contains ozone-depleting refrigerant. The SOP outlines key requirements which the university’s employees, suppliers, contractors and the general campus community should adhere to.

Part of the federal regulations requires we ensure proper disposal of appliances and equipment containing refrigerant. If your department owns refrigerant-containing equipment/appliances such as refrigerators, vending machine, coolers e.t.c, please make sure you familiarize yourself with the proper procedures for disposal, as highlighted in the SOP.

If you have any question regarding the subject, contact Stephen Ndiritu, Environmental Manager at 678-797-2410.





EHS&RM - General

Tel: 770-499-3321
Fax: 770-420-4363

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM

Risk Manager

Ms. Karmen Binion, MPA

Chemical Safety Manager

Ms. Vanessa Keel

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Operations Coordinator

Mr. Lionel Elder

Administrative Associate

Ms. Tami Talton

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch

Student Assistant

Miss Kimberly Helms

Student Assistant

Ms. Hollie Means




Environmental Health and Safety Tips Regarding Building Projects

As many campus departments are involved with local construction and renovation projects this season, the Department of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management would like to remind all departmental project managers and coordinators of the importance in adequate project preparation to minimize health and safety impacts on local building occupants.

Minimally, posting building pre-project notification is highly recommended and very helpful in providing general awareness to building occupants. In addition, taking basic measures to help address dust, odor, and noise control before a building project begins can greatly minimize negative project impacts and complaints. For specific guidance on these and other health and safety-related project management tips, refer to "EHS&RM GUIDELINES FOR PROJECT MANAGERS: Protecting IAQ during Construction and Renovation projects".

The referenced documents are available to provide the necessary guidance.  Proper planning as it relates to renovation/construction projects is essential. These measures are in place to ensure safety and compliance protocols are adequately adhered to. For any questions, feel free to contact Stephen Ndiritu, Environmental Manager at x2410 or

See you around campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS&RM

Recycling at KSU

Did you know that KSU manages the recycling of fourteen products?  We recycle inkjet and toner cartridges, paper, aluminum, transparencies, plastic, batteries (including automotive), automotive products, parts washer fluid, oil, antifreeze, pallets, fluorescent lamps/ballasts, computer monitors and tires.

Republic Services, KSU’s general waste contractor, takes paper, plastic and aluminum and sort it at their facility.  The inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges are sent to HP for recycling.  Transparencies are recycled by 3M.  Interstate Battery of Metro Georgia recycles our used batteries.  Tires are recycled by Liberty Tire Recycling.  Oil and antifreeze from the automotive shop are recycled by Crystal Clean.  Fluorescent bulbs and ballasts are recycled through MKC Enterprises.


We are trying to do our part in keeping the environment clean and healthy.  There are mini recycling centers across campus for your paper, plastic and aluminum.  The KSU custodial staff takes care of those recyclables.  If you have items you need to recycle other than those referenced, please contact Vanessa Keel at or 678-797-2415.  We’ll arrange to pick-up or advise what options may be available. 


40th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2010

Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.

Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.

Click here to start planning your Earth Day 2010 event and take action today.


Earth Day Network’s Campaign for Earth Day 2010

Global Days of Service – April 17-18 - Join millions around the globe to make your community and the world cleaner and more sustainable.

Help Generate a Billion Acts of Green™ - Register individual, community or business service acts and take action for Earth Day.

Events on The National Mall in Washington, DC

  • Earth Day 40th Anniversary Events – April 22
  • Change the Climate Rally – April 25
  • Exhibitions and Performances on The National Mall – April 17-25

Arts for the Earth™ - Get involved in art that promotes environmental themes.

Song for the Earth Contest - Youths 18 or under who are passionate about music and the environment are invited to compose and submit a song. Winners will perform on The National Mall.

Athletes for the Earth™ - Athletes are signing up to change the climate!

40th Anniversary Global Advisory Committee - See who is part of the team!

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