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In order to tread lightly on Mother Earth, students at George Washington University at Mount Vernon College have had to schlep bags of newspapers, soda cans, and beer bottles to the university’s main campus in Foggy Bottom since George Washington took control of the school. When students griped about the lack of recycling facilities at the Mount Vernon campus last fall, Executive Dean Grae Baxter offered an alternative. “Maybe you all can bag all your recyclables and leave [them] out with mine,” Baxter recalls telling the students, half-jokingly. A few weeks ago, Baxter found a miniature Mount Everest of recyclables stacked in front of her W Street NW home, just across from the Mount Vernon campus. “It’s not a practical solution,” says Baxter. “If the whole campus did that, it would fill up the street.” Baxter reports that school administrators are now working with a group of students to develop a Mount Vernon campus recycling program. —Laura Lang