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Winter Theme: Resources

Learn all about Recycling—Take the Tour of the Rumpke Dayton Material Recovery Facility

Of course we think everyone should see the Rumpke Recycling Facility just because it is a good learning experience.  If you can take the tour in person, check out the videos and information on the Rumpke website. 

Check out the photo gallery of the tour→

A couple of weeks ago, Hunt Brown and I accompanied the rest of the SOCHE Sustainability Committee to see where our campus recycling is processed and how the operation works.  Amazing – see the picture slide show.  It is not pretty but there not much about trash or litter or the initial processing of material recycling that is attractive.  What is sexy is the final products from the RRF that are reclaimed and reused for new products.  That is so much more appealing and productive than using more oil to produce new plastics or more trees to create new paper.  And there is no need to do that anyway because we know there are better ways—Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose, Use it up!

For the accountancy folks, let’s talk Life Cycle Cost Analysis and when in factors like subsides to the oil and timber industry vs. true costs.  For the rest of us that means you take into account the costs to the environment and marketplace like explorations, drilling, logging, transportation, refining, processing, packaging, disposal of wastes, marketing, storage and distribution and more – what is called “cradle to cradle” costs.  Impacts on soils, water, and air also need to be factored in the equation because of degradation/loss of habitat and health issues.)

If you or your group want to take the tour just send me an email Linda.Ramey@wright.edu and I will start the process. 

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Join In this Spring Semester!

We have two competitions coming up this term -- RecycleMania, Campus Conservation National & a host of other upcoming Green events!

It may be called "Spring Term" but so far January 2015 has been anything but Spring-y. Not to worry, there are so many events coming up that you will have so many ways to stay busy that it will really feel Spring before you know it.

Starting February 1st, our annual 8-week competition, RecycleMania 2105 begins. This is your chance to do your Very Best to Always Recycle and encourage (nudge) others to do the same!

Again this Spring term we will be taking part in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition. For three weeks, February 23 – March 13, WSU will be monitoring and working hard to reduce use of electricity on campus. You can do your part by turning off lights and electrical devices when not in use and help others to do the same.

This year we will be focusing on educating students as well as faculty and staff about ways to conserve energy and reduce-reuse-recycle resources. Watch for more information and do your part to reduce your Energy and Resource Footprint. We all pitch in and we all can benefit in the long run!

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