On behalf of the Little Book of Green Nudges, which is an effort by the United Nations to get institutions around the world engaged in having young graduates make some changes to impact planetary health. The University of Rochester is one of the 200 pilot universities around the world that is participating in this collective effort.
The Monroe County region is one of the best recyclers in the nation, both in quantity and quality of recyclables.However, up to 10% of what we receive at our recycling center doesn’t belong there. That means 1 out of 10 items that are put in curbside recycling bins actually belong in the garbage or require special handling. We have updated our “Dirty Dozen” with the most problematic items that made their way into Monroe County recycling bins on a regular basis in the past year. Below, we explain why each of these items are a problem for recycling and what you can do to assure every item is properly disposed of. See our resources at monroecounty.gov/recyclingfor more detailed recycling information.Residential Recycling Information
#1 Lithium Batteries Rechargeable, button, and lithium batteries, though small in size, pose a BIG threat to collection workers and recycling center employees and are a frequent culprit of fires. These can be found in power tools, laptops, toys, watches and hearing aids.Keep these out of your curbside trash and recycle bins and bring them to select stores or the ecopark for free recycling. *Household single-use alkaline batteries are generally not accepted for recycling at these sites and can be safely disposed of in the trash.*
#2 Propane Tanks Propane tanks from your home grill or camp stove should never be disposed of curbside in trash or recycling bins. They endanger employees and facilities, due to their potential to cause explosions and fires.You can bring propane tanks to the ecopark to be safely recycled (no appointment necessary).
#3 Ropes, #4 Hoses & #6 Tarps Have you ever had a piece of string wrap around the brush bar in your vacuum? That’s exactly what happens at the recycling center when “tanglers” wrap around the rotating gears of the sorting equipment. The machinery’s job is to separate paper and boxes from other recyclable containers, but it cannot do a very good job at this when clogged.At least once every day, workers have to stop the equipment to cut out the bags, hoses, ropes, tarps, and anything else that has wound around the sorting gears. If you cannot find a reuse or donation option for rope, hoses, or tarps, they should be disposed of in the trash.
#5 Foam Egg Carton Foam egg cartons are not recyclable curbside or at the ecopark. If you can’t find a reuse option (farm market, arts & crafts, etc.) then they must be disposed of in the trash.
#7 Plastic bags Plastic bags fall under the “tangler” category, causing the same types of problems at the recycling center as the materials above. However, there are plenty of other recycling programs for clean, dry, plastic bags and wrap. Retailers often have collection bins in the front of their stores and the ecopark accepts them in partnership with Wegmans. Bread bags, case wrap, bubble wrap mailers, and many other types of flexible plastic wrap are also acceptable in these programs.*Do not put curbside recyclables in a plastic bag – keep them loose in the bin.*
#8 Clothes Hangers The only types of metal that can be recycled curbside are cans and foil. However, the ecopark accepts all types of scrap metallike grills, microwaves, brake rotors, metal clothes hangers, even old lawnmowers (after all fluids have been properly disposed.) Neither metal or plastic clothes hangers are accepted for curbside recycling, but both can be donated or reused.
#9 Electronics Do not put old TVs or computer monitors at the curb! Heavy metals inside, like lead, need to be handled by professionals. Bring them to the ecopark or a local electronics recycler for a fee or look for occasional free collection events. Please don’t leave them at the curb where they will often become broken, posing litter and environmental issues. The ecopark accepts a number of electronics for free recycling in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling.
#10 Cups The only types of plastic that are acceptable for curbside recycling are bottles, jugs, jars and tubs. These are the items that can be properly sorted at the recycling center and have a viable market for resale and remanufacturing. To reduce waste, avoid single-use disposable plasticware such as cups, utensils, straws, and coffee pods and utilize reusable alternatives.
#11 Food Food and liquids contaminate otherwise good recyclables. Paper, boxes, and recyclable containers need to be clean, dry and empty when they are put into your recycle bin. Food scraps can be composted in your backyard or through local drop off or collection programs for a fee. Both options are a great way to reduce food waste sent to landfills and produce a valuable end product.
#12 Clothes and Shoes There are a lot of misconceptions about the types of clothes that are accepted for donation. They don’t have to be in good shape; just clean, dry and odorless. If a donation center can’t resell them, they send them for textile recycling. At the ecopark, we partner with Goodwill to accept clothes and shoes, but we encourage you to utilize any number of reuse methods that keep textiles out of landfills including: hand-me-downs, clothing swaps, consignment, garage sales, or any donation center.
Take a quick quiz about recyclingin Monroe County by visiting this link:Recycling Quiz
Still Have Questions? Request a FREE Recycle Right! magnet and packet of recycling information by clicking on the link below:Magnet Request
Do you have a trash collector that provides exceptional customer service every week, regardless of the weather? Would you like to extend a public thank you and have them recognized for their efforts? For the second year, Monroe County – in cooperation with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and Wegmans – will honor the unsung heroes of waste and recycling. Click below, enter a few details, and YOUR hauler will be eligible for recognition and prizes! Hurry – deadline is June 1!
Today commemorates Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger led soldiers to Galveston, Texas to spread the news that the Civil War was over and enslaved persons were free. The Union presence in Texas was meant to enforce the executive order signed by President Lincoln two and a half years earlier, issued alongside the Emancipation Proclamation.
155 years later, the Black community in America continues to struggle with racial injustices, specifically in medicine and how individuals receive health care. The patients and the communities we serve are impacted by these inequalities. We stand with them in support of change.
In unity with those faced with inequality, Miner Library staff call for the medical community to take a closer look at the immoral aspects of the history of medicine. Specific consideration should be given to the enduring cultural assumptions about Black inferiority. We encourage this as an opportunity to reflect from a place of compassion, while moving toward a more equitable healthcare system.
There are many ways medicine has exploited poor, powerless, and enslaved individuals for experimentation and profit. Prominent figures in history and in medicine created and propagated concepts of racial inferiority and racial stereotypes. These mythological theories were taught in medical schools in the United States in the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th centuries.
African Americans have been used as subjects in medical training programs, abused medically and scientifically, and forced into unethical experiments. Implicit and explicit racial bias continue to impact medical education, clinical training, and clinical decision making. This historic continuum unceasingly affects African American health status and health outcomes. Racism in large part accounts for the African Americans health crisis.
Evidence of mistreatment and unethical medical practices are well documented. The Tuskegee experiment, where for over 40 years treatment for syphilis was withheld from hundreds of Black men living in rural, poverty-stricken Alabama; the cell culture from Henrietta Lacks’ cervix, taken without her knowledge or consent, which is still living and used in medical research today, and was instrumental in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization; James Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology,” practiced his surgical techniques on enslaved women without the use of anesthesia; Benjamin Moseley, one of many people whose writings perpetuated the long-sustained myth that black people have a much higher tolerance for pain. These are just a few examples of medical research exploiting vulnerable Black populations and individuals.
To learn more, and we hope do you want to learn more, Miner Library is here to help. Our History of Medicine collection has extensive materials to assist current medical professionals in understanding and grappling with the injustices that are the backbone of the American healthcare system. Miner’s browsing collection complements the History of Medicine collection, with titles in Medical Humanities and beyond. These books expound upon the historical examples mentioned above, plus many more injustices endured throughout time and in the present. Learning and beginning to understand the past and how it impacts the present is a great way to begin the process of dismantling racism. We hope you join us in this.
Miner Library is happy to share one of our newest resources; Protocols.io. This is an open access method of sharing study protocols. Submitted protocols receive a unique DOI and can be linked directly to publications. Think of it as a platform to share, promote reproducibility, enhance rigor, and engage with the scientific community.
Here is another feature of protocols.io that is available to our users.
“We are offering a protocol entry service to all University of Rochester members.
You are welcome to send us your protocol in whichever format it’s currently in; our editorial team will import and format your protocol. We will send you the formatted protocol for review and you can publish it at any time.
How it works?
Send us your protocol. Submit your protocol below in whichever format it’s currently in (pdf, word document, google document, etc.).
We enter and check your protocol. Our editorial team will enter the protocol and double check it to make sure there are no errors or typos relative to the document that you provided.
You review the digitized protocol. We will send you the protocol for review.
Publish at any time. If all looks good, the protocol will be reassigned to you privately and you will be able to publish it whenever you’re ready.”
Feel free to reach out to Miner Library with questions that you may have!
As we practice social distancing and adjust to staying home, it’s important for us to remember to take care of ourselves. Physical fitness is just one part of that and we wanted to share some of the ways that we have been moving in our homes. All these options are currently being offered for free. And if you head outside to get some fresh air and activity, remember to observe social distancing and keep 6ft from others.
Yoga with Adriene: “WELCOME to Yoga With Adriene! Our mission is to connect as many people as possible through high-quality free yoga videos. We welcome all levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls! Browse our library of free yoga videos to find a practice that suits your mood or start a journey toward healing.”
Lululemon: “Creating components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives.”
Planet Fitness: “We’re Planet Fitness – The Judgement Free Zone®. We’re known for our low prices, friendly staff, and positive environment. United we move with home work-ins. Also streaming live on Facebook at 7pm EST.”
“The Nike Training Club app helps you reach your fitness goals with expertly designed workouts from our world-class Nike Master Trainers. NTC provides free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, invigorating yoga, classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels.NTC Premium is Free: We’re evolving as the world is evolving and we want you to stay healthy and active. Enjoy on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more with free access to NTC Premium to all Nike Members until further notice.”
Orangetheory: “Just because we can’t meet in the studio, doesn’t mean we aren’t committed to helping you achieve More Life. Every day we’ll share a 30-minute workout showcasing some of your favorite coaches from around the world. You won’t need special equipment, although we may ask you to scrounge around the house for some objects. But hey, it’s a good excuse to do some light cleaning.”
CorePower Yoga: “This is when we all need yoga most. We’re giving everyone free access to a new collection of online classes every week so you can keep your practice moving – wherever you are.”
Amazon Prime Video: “If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have free access to a varied library of fitness videos, including Zumba and cardio programs such as 21-Day Transformation from GymRa. Just head to Prime Video and search for “fitness,” then check the “Prime” box in the left sidebar to see what’s available for streaming.”
Y360: “This is a new virtual initiative led by Ys across the country. Yoga, Barre, Boot Camp and classes for our Active Older Adults – it’s your favorite classes, taught by top instructors and the Y community now available at home.”
Rochester Based Fitness
Compass Cycle Studio: “Compass is dedicated to bringing our workouts and inspiring team to you remotely. You will find FREE at-home workouts, meditation and yoga videos as well as tips for staying healthy by continuing to work on fostering a mind + body connection outside of the studio. We want everyone to be able to access our very special community and find support and positive energy with these videos. We are #StrongerTogether.”
YMCA of Greater Rochester: “We’ve put together a few exercises that you can be doing at home during this time. Whether you have equipment or not, these are simple exercises to do to keep you moving. Options are perfect for Adults and Active Older Adults.”
MBody: A variety of in home workout that will get your heart rate up and sweat flowing.
· Expert literature searching for clinical and research needs via zoom, chat, or email. Submit requests through Ask A Librarian on Miner’s homepage.
· Appointments for online research consultations with librarians available through Ask A Librarian on Miner’s homepage.
· Digitization of required Course materials currently available only in a print format, subject to limitations for copyright compliance. Requests to digitize print book chapters and articles may be submitted via email@example.com.
· Accessing electronic resources. Access library digital collections remotely through a VPN connection or authentication with Active Directory or NetID credentials. For assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Interlibrary Loan service available. Submit requests in ILLIAD interlibrary loan system.
· When Course Materials are not available in an electronic format and digitization is not possible, Liaison Librarians can also assist instructors in identifying and accessing alternative resources to use in their courses.
· History of Medicine Reference assistance via email or Zoom by appointment. Provision of digital or photocopied items at the discretion of the curator. Please contact the Curator, Meredith Gozo, at: email@example.com or 585-275-8827.
· New due date for all books currently checked out from Miner Library is July 1, 2020. Please disregard all system generated overdue notices.
*Course reserve material checked out less than 2 hours prior to the Library closing are due back no later than fifteen minutes before close. Some course reserve materials may have a longer loan period, if requested by instructor.
**Equipment checked out or renewed less than 6 hours prior to the Library closing are due back no later than one hour before close.
Note: Bound journals do not circulate outside the Library.
Do you have computers and where are they?
We have computers available for use and also laptops to borrow. If you have questions please see our friendly staff at the Answer Desk. The Computing Center also has software available for your use.
Log in with your AD, which is your email login, not your email address. The Computer Center is closed on weekends.
Printing costs are .10 cents for Black and White and .25 cents for color. Copy cards are available for purchase for $5 if needed.
Mobile printing: You will need to register your email address before you can print.
I need an article but the library doesn’t have full text access!
You are in luck! If we don’t have access to an article, we will reach out to other libraries to get you your articles for FREE. You will need to create an Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) account and then you’re ready to request your articles.
How do I find articles, books, journals, and more?
The search tabs on the Miner homepage provide focused searches to get you the information you need. This Search Guide will provide more information about how the tabs function and how to navigate your search results
Stuck and still cannot find what you’re looking for? Or, do you need an in-depth, comprehensive search? Contact your librarian using our Ask A Librarian service.
Can I access these books and articles when I’m home?
It’s easy! Simply start on the Miner web page. Select the resource you want to use (just click it) and you will be prompted to log in using your NetID or URMC-SH (Active Directory) account information.
*visiting students may not have access to library resources from home*
Can I bring food and drink to the library?
You sure can. We know that you work hard and snacks are necessary to keep you going. You are welcome to bring in your own food and drink, but we also have vending machines available in the library.
Are there quiet places to work?
Miner has something for everyone. We offer collaborative spaces to work together, the quiet reading room, and private study rooms.