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WCSU graduates go green

Western’s class of 2010 received top marks for environmentally smart dress with the debut at the May undergraduate and graduate commencements of “green” caps and gowns made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The new line of graduation wear, named GreenWeaver and manufactured by Virginia-based Oak Hall Cap & Gown, features fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. The company — which also made a donation to the Roots & Shoots environmental and humanitarian program of the Jane Goodall Institute — estimates it uses an average of 23 bottles to make each gown, which means that sales for WCSU’s 2010 commencements recycled approximately 17,000 plastic bottles. “When Western was offered the opportunity to provide environmentally friendly gowns this year to our graduates, we could not pass up the opportunity,” said Tammy Hammershoy, WCSU director of Alumni Relations. “It supports the green efforts of the university and allows our students, who are aware of the environment and the planet’s vastly diminishing resources, to be part of the solution.”

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A 2010 graduate models a "green" cap and gown.