Thursday, November 20, 2014

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Electric vehicles have been around for over one hundred years, starting as early as the mid 1800's. 


The first use of electric motor power was a "small drifter" with a mini electric motor and was built by Thomas Davenport in 1835. In 1838, Robert Davidson built an electric locomotive that could travel at four miles an hour. Meanwhile, some time between 1832 and 1839, Robert Anderson invented the first electric carriage. These three men contributed greatly to the electric vehicles we have today.  

Electric cars give a significance decrease in air pollution, greenhouse gas and less dependence on foreign oil. They don't have tailpipes and therefore don't emit pollutants. 

Miles Electric Vehicles was founded in 2004 by Miles Rubin. These vehicles were all-electric and primarily low-speed vehicles.  We have two 2007 Miles Electric vehicles for sale at the Surplus Store - one runs and one doesn't. One is a parts car because it can be difficult to find parts needed. 



HEV refers to hybrid electric vehicles, which combine an internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors. Hybrid vehicles can reduce air emissions of smog-forming pollutants by up to 90 percent and cut carbon dioxide emissions in half.

We have a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid for sale a the Surplus Store as well. 

Driving these environmentally friendly vehicles will serve a constant reminder about contributing to the earth's sustainability. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Construction and Demolition Repurpose Ideas


            Michigan State University is always updating and improving campus buildings and grounds. So what happens to the construction and demolition waste materials when these jobs are completed? Fortunately, MSU Sustainability strives to recapture value from waste materials through various recycling and reclamation efforts, even going as far as sorting out dumpster bins to divert materials from the landfill.



The Surplus Store and Recycling Center takes sole responsibility for sorting and processing these materials to ensure maximum landfill diversion rates. Materials are sorted in hopes that the Surplus Store will be able to find good homes for the items. If no repurpose possibility is found, we try recycling the items, or worst case scenario, we are able to at least condense the materials by 60% capacity, saving on transportation costs and landfill trip charges. 




Some people may ask, "What are we supposed to do with the construction and demolition materials, like scrap wood, offered at the Surplus Store?" To which we would answer that there is an abundance of projects for which these types of materials can be used.  For instance, scrap wood can be used to create pallet furniture, raised bed gardens, lawn art, and much more. Let your imagination run wild!



For more ideas on what to make using MSU Surplus Store’s construction and demolition materials, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards exhibiting a wide selection of crafts and DIY projects.
          


          

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Make Your Halloween Green!

Halloween is quickly approaching and here at the MSU Surplus Store, we encourage you to have a green and safe Halloween!



DIY costumes:
Costumes will be one of a kind; you could even incorporate your favorite shows characters as your kid’s Halloween costumes. Making your own costumes can help you reuse materials, save money, and make memories with your kids.



Use what you already own:
Those reusable shopping bags, pillow cases, or baskets you have laying around are perfect to collect Halloween candy in during Trick-or-Treating. The $3 pumpkin bucket at the store might seem like a good idea, but why not save money and use your resources when you can?



Arrange a costume swap in your community:
Costume swaps allow fewer resources used to make new costumes. It also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste! This once again can save money and allow items to be reused.



Use those fall items in your composting pile:
Throw those leaves in your compost pile! You can also use your whole pumpkin this Halloween. Save the seeds for roasting as a great snack, use the pulp in pies, soup, or other recipes, and when the holiday is over, use them in your compost!



After the holiday is over, donate your costume to the Surplus Store! Instead of letting it go to waste, let other people reuse those fairy wings or pirate costume. If not, save them to be reused next year, just don’t throw them away. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bonus Friday Find-its

Good luck! --Joel








Friday Find-it for 5/30/14

Thanks for participating in the final Friday Find-it! This one is a little different from the last, but it promises to be just as fun.

The goal: Find Jabber Jaw in the pictures to win a prize!

Find him in any one (1) picture to earn a special Michigan State University sticker, or find him in any three (3) pictures to get a free cup of Dairy Store ice cream and get a picture with JJ during Public Sale hours on Friday, June 6, before he is retired for good. Here are the full instructions, if you're new to the game or need a reminder.

Entries are due by 6pm on Thursday, June 5. Send us a Facebook message with your submission (or questions). Good luck!

Image 1:
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Image 2:
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book and Clothing sales every month!

UPDATED with summer sale days!

Clothing Sales

Tuesday, May 13, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, May 16, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jun. 10, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jun. 13, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jul. 8, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jul. 11, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30am-3:30pm

A special selection of clothes will be prepared near the Customer Pick-Up area (through the bay door) for the prices below on Tuesday, and then reduced prices on Friday. After the Friday sale day, all remaining clothes will be donated to a nonprofit, and a new selection will be prepared for the next month's sale.

T-shirts $.25
Sweaters $.50
Hoodies $2
Skirts $1
Dresses $2
Pants $1
Shoes $1
Coats $3
Blankets $3


Book Sales

Tuesday, May 27, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, May 30, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jun. 27, 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Jul 22., 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Jul 25., 7:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30am-3:30pm

On Tuesdays, a special selection of books will be prepared near the Customer Pick-Up area (through the bay door) for $.50 per book. On Fridays, the same selection will be $.25 per book. After the Friday sale day, all remaining books will recycled, and a new selection will be prepared for the next month's sale.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Go Green this Move-In


As you or your student is preparing to head back to MSU for the upcoming school year, there are many ways to get ready and be green! Check out our helpful "Green Back to School" tips below, and be sure to follow Be Spartan Green on Facebook and Twitter for more green tips, events and news.

  • Before school supply shopping, check all of last year's supplies to see what you can reuse.
  • Make a shopping list early enough that you have time to think about what you'll really need or use. When you eventually do go shopping, stick to the list.
  • Think big and small. Buying in bulk can save on packaging and costs, while some lesser-used items (like certain foods and art supplies) can go bad before you use them all. 
  • Reusable or refillable pencils, water bottles, lunch boxes, baggies, book covers, and binders will last week after week and year after year. Find ones made from recycled and recyclable material when possible.
  • Printer paper made from recycled materials is increasingly easy to find, and printing on both sides of the page helps reduce paper waste even further. You can use the backs of single-sided documents for scrap paper before recycling them.
  • Used goods or clothes can be just as good as new, and they're usually much cheaper. The Surplus Store has a full selection of furniture, housewares, electronics, clothes, and more.
  • Walk, bike, skate, or bus to and from class, and team up with your roommates or neighbors to take turns carpooling back home on weekends.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Friday Find-it for 8/2/13

It's time for this week's Friday Find-it! We're getting all the items ready for our Vintage Sale on August 13.

Find Jabber Jaw in the picture to win a prize. This week, we're bringing back the Spartan football helmets, and you CAN win again if you got this prize last year!

Here are the full instructions, if you're new to the game or need a reminder.



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Entries are due by 6pm on Tuesday, August 6. Send us a Facebook message with your submission (or questions). Good luck!