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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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Your daily actions speak louder than words.

As the end of the Fall 2014 term approaches, let's take a look back and a glance forward.

The Campus Community Garden has been cleared now with the last of the potatoes dug up this week thanks to Joshua Monroe helping me. I then delivered 30 lbs. of red and Yukon gold potatoes to the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Dayton.

The space that has been the Garden for the last three summers will be converted to a Pollinator Garden next spring and help to educate the campus community about pollinators, their role in nature and in our food supply and why we should protect them from chemical poisons and habitat loss.

Other recent events included the Montgomery County Food Summit on November 5th. Over 200 people from around the Miami Valley attended this conference to learn about Local Organic Food Production and to discuss how the Dayton area can further develop a Food Hub to increase the amount of food products grown and consumed right in our area.
Check out the photo shoot.

And as we move into Spring Term 2015, we need to get geared up for Recyclemania and the Campus Conservation Nationals coming up in January.

Have a Safe and Happy Break!

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