On November 10, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso recycling team – The Greenies – attended a special luncheon where Frank Stout, TTUHSC El Paso associate academic dean for Finance & Administration and assistant vice president for Fiscal Affairs, via recorded message, officially named the program the Alan Nasits Go Green Recycling Program. Alan Nasits was the associate general counsel for TTUHSC El Paso from 2002 until he died suddenly in 2012. His wife Mary, daughter Jennifer Zientz, sons Zach and Jake Nasits, daughter-in-laws Chantel and Mary Nasits, granddaughters Chase, Izabelle and Zoe Nasits, and Zane Zientz were in attendance.
Mary Nastis shared how happy her husband was kicking off the recycling program in 2012 and that he wore his ‘greenie’ shirt proudly. In his recording, Stout explained that the Go Green campaign had not been on the top of his list to fund or support. “However, Alan and Susan (Butkiewicz) convinced me of our social responsibility and believed it could possibly pay the bill and break even,” said Stout. “We had several interesting discussions and I was doubtful our employees would volunteer to help build the recycling program. I was very pleased to see Alan motivate our employees and to see their response.”
Today the program has grown and makes a significant impact by recycling large amounts of materials including paper, cardboard, plastics and cans, and being self-sustaining. During periods of growth involving construction, the “Greenies” recycle much of the materials discarded. The team is in the process of returning used ink cartridges to Staples and properly disposing batteries. With the opening of the new Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing building, the team has sights on making an even greater impact. “Alan cared deeply about our patients, students, faculty and community. He worked and fought to strengthen the university and challenge it to be better,” said Stout. The movement that Nasits began will continue through the ongoing support of volunteers dedicated to the future of the university…and the planet.
Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014
Amounts Recycled in Pounds
- All types paper – 34,000 lbs
- Plastic – 924 lbs
- Aluminum cans – 155 lbs
- Cardboard – 19,371 lbs
- Construction waste – 16,929 lbs
Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Susan Butkiewicz at 215-4438 or Erika Guerra at 215-4500.