Ecotech Institute Students Filled 15 Recycle Bins From Denver's St. Patrick's Day Parade Route

Mar 26, 2014

Student-made float swept the parade route for recyclables

March 26, 2014 – Denver, Colo. – Ecotech Institute's St. Patrick's Day float collected nearly 15 recycle bins full of water bottles, cups, paper, cans, bottles and cardboard, making it a huge hit. It all began with an idea from student Chris Stevens and resulted in a student-made recycling bin to collect all recyclables during the parade, a truck outfitted with solar panels and a wind turbine. A hundred and fifty students, staff and friends helped gather the trash and recycling along the parade route.

Of course, there was a considerable amount of trash that could not be sorted into recyclables, but Stevens and his team made the parade course as green as possible.

"It's safe to say that we achieved our goal of keeping the parade route clean and green," said Stevens. "We collected more recycling than I ever expected, and it feels great to know that we did our small part in keeping Denver truly 'green' that day."

Ecotech Institute is the first and only school in the U.S. that is solely dedicated to sustainable energy, such as solar and wind. The school, based in Aurora, Colo., currently offers eight associate's degree programs:

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About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.