Monday, November 19, 2012

Final Sunday Sweeper of the Semester a HUGE Success

The Neighborhood Ambassador Program extends a gigantic thank you to all of the student groups who came out to help us with our last Sunday Sweeper of the semester: Delta Rho Tau, UM Advocates, Griz for UNICEF, the Artists Collective, and Women's Ultimate Frisbee.  We went out with a bang! With the largest number of volunteers yet and a huge amount of trash collected the University District is looking great!

A small portion of the trash and recycling collected.

Volunteers from UM Advocates

Renter Center Director, Katherine, Neighborhood Ambassador, Nathan and volunteers from the Artists Collective

Neighborhood Ambassador, Erin and a Griz for UNICEF volunteer

Delta Rho Tau volunteers


Monday, November 12, 2012

Neighborhood Ambassador Profile: Alex Clark

Meet Neighborhood Ambassador #2, Alex Clark!

My name is Alex, I was born and raised in Helena, Montana. I am the youngest of five children with the best parents a person could ask for. My favorite sport is soccer, which I played at the club level growing up. After graduating from Helena High in 2007, I lived in Bozeman for a year and a half and played with a reggae-rock band. It was an interesting experience, but after a while the nine-to-five got old and I decided it was time to return to school. MSU didn’t seem like a good fit for me so I moved to Missoula!

I am currently a junior working towards Majors in History and Philosophy with a Minor in Latin American Studies. I am not entirely sure what I want to do after graduation. In a perfect world I will be awarded a scholarship to study abroad. In reality, I will probably teach debate and high school History for a few years before going into some other field, grad school, or law school.

No matter what I do, or where I go, Montana will always be my home. This is simply the greatest state in the Union. I grew up skiing, hiking, fishing, and camping. When I was still in my mother’s womb, she summited the nose of the Sleeping Giant. My favorite place I have been in Montana, besides the obvious Yellowstone and Glacier, is Summit Lake in the Spanish Peaks, near Big Sky.

There are many things I plan to do and see. Most importantly, I plan on working towards a more sustainable future for generations to come. I have been tremendously fortunate to be able to enjoy the striking beauty of our state’s environment and I want to make sure that my great-grandchildren will have same opportunity. Sustainability, however, is a global issue. That is why it is important to build networks of communication of ideas and solutions globally. This is part of the reason I am so interested in traveling. As awesome as Montana is, there is plenty more to learn from others across the globe. 

Today I am a Neighborhood Ambassador, tomorrow maybe I will be the Ambassador to Chile. I have had a very fortunate upbringing that has provided the inspiration to set my sights high. No matter where I land, though, I will always carry with me the Montana ethic of friendliness, honesty, and hard work. I look forward to serving the University and our neighborhood and encourage anyone to come forward with ideas of how to improve our little mountain community. Go Griz!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Check out our Missoula Recycling Guide!

Our current outreach campaign focuses on recycling resources in Missoula.  Following are some specifics about recycling pick up services in Missoula:
  • Allied Waste: Purchase blue bags from Allied Waste ($2/bag), fill them up with recyclables (no sorting needed), and put the bags out with your weekly trash pick up.  Allied Waste is located at 3207 West Broadway, or call them at 406-721-1120.
  • Garden City Recycling: $20/month for 2 pick ups.  They accept any donation items (clothes, appliances) and are now taking GLASS!  For more information call 406-493-1582 or visit .
  • I.E. Recycling: $10/month with weekly pick ups.  The accept plastics #1-#7 and GLASS!  Special item pick ups vary week by week.  For more information call 406-396-5317 or visit    
Following are some specifics about Missoula recycling drop off locations:
  • Pacific Recycling: Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.  Items do not need to be sorted.  Located at 2600 Latimer (1 block behind Target).  For more information call 406-543-7280 or visit
  • Allied Waste: 24 hour drop off center accepts recyclable materials including plastics #1 and #2.  They do not accept glass.  Located at 3207 West Broadway.  For more information call 406-721-1120.
  • Eko Compost: Accepts organic lawn trimmings, leaves, and urban wood waste.  Located at 1125 Clark Fork Lane.  For more information call 406-721-1423.
Your Neighborhood Ambassador will be visiting you soon with a handy pamphlet with all of this information!  Keep an eye out for them.