VCU Opens Its First Free Store For Students, Faculty And Staff
Virginia Commonwealth University welcomed some 4,500 first-year students over the weekend and this morning, has something brand new to offer them, a free store with stuff to make their rooms feel more like home. Charles Fishburne reports.
Charles Fishburne: That’s right. It’s all free.
Erin Stanforth: We have mini-fridges, microwaves, coffee pots.
Fishburne: Sustainability Director Erin Stanforth says it’s part of the culture.
Stanforth: We are hoping to alleviate financial burden from student’s faculty and staff and also divert items from the landfill.
Fisburne: Every Spring graduation, students tend to leave unwanted items behind. Now VCU is recycling them, free for anyone who has a valid VCU ID. And they really don’t know what to expect when the doors open this morning at eight.
Stanforth: (Laughs) This is the first time we have ever tried this and we are extremely excited about it.
Charles Fishburne VPM News.