Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to bring our waste management practices into the 21st century… You know who you are… Here’s something to build upon:
FY13: 729 Tons of total waste generated by our campus
552 Tons to the landfill, 101 Tons to compost, 76 Tons to the recycler (That means $29,800 spent at landfill, and $9,500 NOT SPENT) That’s a 24% reduction in cost, and does not include recycling revenue. Look for more numbers next week.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
| Maria Robinson
Welcome to the second edition of Mainstream Green. This has been a busy summer, and we’re keeping an eye on Waste Management and Energy Conservation as we complete a number of service improvement projects across campus. Hardscape has been able to capture even more recyclables, extending the value and immediate return on work already under way.
The hundreds of old inefficient light ballasts and wiring being replaced all across campus are not only being kept out of the landfill, they are being recycled and generating a limited financial return. Thank You to Dan Boyt, Energy Manager, and his crew for there hard work on the campus lighting project.
We would also like to thank the entire Landscape and Sustainability Staff for contributing to all of the projects on campus. Their demolition work has helped us to capture even more recyclable materials previously lost to the landfill.
Look for our updated recycling totes to hit offices over the next couple of weeks, and look for the premiere of our event recycling bins as we kick off the new year. Thank You Northwest Regional Solid Waste Management District and The Missouri Department of Natural Resources for providing the matching grants that are so important expanding our recycling efforts.
Want to “Reduce your Paw Print” at home? Check out these fun composting facts from Keen for Green.
Yes, Hello World:
This first edition of “Mainstream Green” is dedicated to a member of the Bearcat family that really knows what “Green” is all about. Nancy Baxter is retiring after 29 years of service; contributing not only to the administration of Northwest, but providing dedicated support for its now long-standing tradition of environmental stewardship. Northwest Missouri State University’s Sustainability Program is the result of years of outreach and the determined efforts of dedicated students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Nancy has been there every step of the way, and for that (as well as many other things around here) she will be missed.
Congratulations Nancy, and Thank You!
The purpose of “Mainstream Green” is to weekly:
- Share Northwest Missouri State University’s efforts to promote Sustainability.
- Lead by example, sharing operational improvements that make sense.
- Provide readers with information about what is working for us.
- RECOGNIZE the Students, Staff, and Faculty committed to making the difference.
- Acknowledge the many partnerships that are so important to this program.
Thanks for Reading!
Thank you Crystal for setting us up.