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Bradleys host sustainable lunch as Earth Day award

June 2, 2014

Two Indiana State University staff members enjoyed a locally and organically grown lunch recently with university President Dan Bradley and his wife Cheri to recognize their contributions to sustainability on campus.

Sodexo dining services prepared the meal for Elizabeth Attebery, her guest Paul Reed, and President and Mrs. Bradley. The main dish was Indiana kitchen pork loin, with a William Henry Harrison bourbon glaze.

Attebery was nominated anonymously for her recycling efforts, promotion and sustainability support at this year's Earth Day celebration in April. She won the prize of having a sustainable lunch with the Bradleys.

"We enjoy having meals with various folks on campus. It gives us a chance to [get to] know people better," President Bradley said.Attebery is supervisor of recycle/waste management/moving and set up at the university Recycling Center and Reed is the director of custodial and special services.

The two were happy to have the chance to discuss topics such as sustainable achievements at Indiana State during the outside luncheon, as well as accomplishments they would like to see in the future.

"I'm looking forward to good food and good conversation," Attebery said with a laugh.

Indiana State has received some well-known recognition for sustainability efforts. The Recycling Center has been honored in association with Trees Inc. for its assistance in diverting 1.5 million pounds of electrical waste from landfills through their outreach program.

RecycleMania is another event in which the university participates. A log system displays the campus' recycling efforts in several different materials in comparison to other college universities as a way to ignite a friendly and economically beneficial competition.

"RecycleMania helps us to look over campus-wide," Reed said.

Since Indiana State joined the competition about four years ago, the university's recycling has increased by 25 to 30 percent.

"[There's] great involvement with the community- largely involved with recycling. [We're just] happy to share and promote [to the] city," Attebery said.

President Bradley hopes that by receiving recognition at Earth Day, more of the campus community will become involved with the celebration, as well contribute to the campus' growing sustainability efforts.

"We all need to be thinking about how we can use resources in a more economic fashion," Bradley said. "The world we leave behind should be as good as the one we had [in the beginning]."

Photo: - Paul Reed (lower left), director of custodial and special services at Indiana State University, enjoys an organic and sustainable lunch May 29, 2014 with (clockwise) university first lady Cheri Bradley; Elizabeth Atteberry, supervisor of recycle/wastemanagement/moving; and university President Dan Bradley. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Writer: Sadie All, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or