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Repurpose AMERICA donates items to Cooperative Extension

Posted 10/14/2010

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s horticulture programs have benefitted greatly from the generous donation from Repurpose AMERICA over the past few months.

In September, Greener Vegas worked with the Pennington Seed and Garden show at the Rio and received a generous amount of new product. Greener Vegas, through the Repurpose AMERICA program, donated a multitude of gardening items to Cooperative Extension from that show. The donations included a variety of bird seed: suet, humming bird feeders, food and wild bird food.

Also included in that donation were 1,000 biodegradable Jiffy pots for starting plants, 10 Tomato cages, potting mix, weed control blankets (biodegradable and recycled), metal decorative hanging baskets, plant props, about 50 two-gallon watering cans, pink flamingos and some non-poisonous insect traps. "We can’t thank Repurpose AMERICA enough for their donations of all the new and unused items," added Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, Social Horticulture Specialist with Cooperative Extension, "the items will be used by our class participants and have an estimated value of about $3,000."

Cooperative Extension’s Nevada Naturalist’s program received a large variety of non-poisonous insect and vermin traps, as well as fire ant insecticide and eco-friendly insecticide. Moreover, Repurpose AMERICA donated humming bird feeders with food, wild bird feed, coconut coir for the reptile habitats and about 20 pink flamingos. "We look forward to hearing about the outreach efforts and all the wonderful accomplishments Cooperative Extension programs will have on its students," stated Dodough.

Repurpose AMERICA is a local non-profit 501(c) 3 in Las Vegas. They work mostly with the convention industry to help alleviate some of the waste produced by conventions, as well as businesses. "We work to repurpose items that are not recyclable," said Christina Dodough, Director of Development for Repurpose AMERICA, "that would otherwise end up in a landfill." A few examples of some items we receive from the convention industry are badge holders, swag, booths and new/unused merchandise.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu .

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