This website and its contents were created by Texas A&M student Daniel Hartman, with technical assistance and web design by Donald May, for the Texas A&M Commerce ENVS 489-002 studies class.

Daniel Hartman

How this project began:

This class was created as the result of a semester-long photography project on waste and recycling in the spring semester of 2007. Daniel was struck by the lack of recycling in the Commerce area while working on the project and decided to take action by collecting aluminum cans as an individual environmental improvement effort. The proceeds after expenses ($300) that were collected from this effort were all donated to the Hephzibah Children's Home in Macon, Georgia, a home for at-risk children.

With the encouragement of Professor Fox, other faculty and staff of Texas A&M Commerce, and an offer from fellow student Donald May to assist with web site design, an independent study class was created for college credit. Through this effort, we desire to promote waste reduction and recycling in general and to provide information, encouragement, and inspiration to others to promote this worthwhile practice. Proceeds from the project in the 2007-2008 school year will be used to begin a scholarship fund within the A&M Commerce system to benefit future environmental studies students. The financial goal for the fall of 2007 is to raise at least $2,500 through sales of cast-off items. Donations of aluminum cans, other metal items, and waste paper will be gratefully accepted and sold to benefit the scholarship fund.

We Hope that this web site will inspire you to become aware of the benefits of recycling in the Commerce, Texas area, or in your own community. Please visit the other pages on this site for more information on contacting us, recycling, how to enter for prizes, names of friends of the environment, as well as business and individuals that have supported this effort. If you do not reside in the Commerce area, our goal is to promote positive action towards recycling, through providing information and inspiration to begin a similar effort in your area.