Photo from Richard Cioci.

No matter what Richard Cioci does, he finds a way to think outside the box and make things around McMaster a little bit greener.

As a member of the McMaster Biology Society (MBS) and the SWHAT (Student Walk Home Attendant Team) coordinator, Cioci has implemented ways in which offices on campus can reduce power and paper usage.  In addition to being a key player in coordinating Evergreen, an environmental conference run by MBS, Richard went on to introduce and single-handedly run the ThinkRecycle program.  He has expanded ThinkRecycle to include fifteen boxes around campus, which he maintains on a weekly basis. 

He has also done some collaborative work with McMaster’s Office of Sustainability to participate in the Earth Day e-waste collection.  As of July 7th 2011, Cioci has helped recycle 4,384 ink and laser cartridges, 185 cell phones, planted 85 trees, and reduced power consumption by 15% in his SWHAT office place. 

His goals for the future include converting to fire safe recycling boxes, expanding the ThinkRecycle program even further. 

Not only is Cioci a vibrant leader on the McMaster campus, but he also plays a hand in making a difference within his community by growing all his own fruits and vegetables in his very backyard. 

Richard plans to pursue MBA studies and hopes to work with an environmentally-friendly company.  For all his environmental contributions, positive attitude towards making a difference, and leadership role throughout the campus and community, it is with pleasure that we announce Richard Cioci as number 6 on our list of Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25!