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Northwest is a long standing member of both The Missouri Recycling Association "MORA" and The College and University Recycling Coalition "CURC".
Last year’s waste diversion efforts saved Northwest a total of $16,837 in landfill fees, and generated revenues totaling over $10,500 (recouping more than 1/3 of landfill costs). Combined savings and revenue equaled 79% of the University’s total landfill expense.
In 2011-12 Northwest landfilled a total of 1,302,000 lbs. of solid waste, a 10.7% decrease from the 1,456,000 lbs. in 2010-11. According to EPA emission calculations, last year’s increased landfill diversion of 76.5 tons equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions of nearly 220 Metric Tons.
The total waste generated on campus last year was 1,943,805 lbs., a 2% reduction from 2010-11. Expanded recycling and composting on campus brought the University’s overall waste diversion rate from 26% in 2010-11 to 33% in 2011-12.
As of October 1, 2012 the compost effort which began in August 2011 had diverted more than 200,000 lbs. of food service organics from the landfill. Also, the University estimates that by using the provided sinks at the food court recycling centers to empty drink containers, students have further reduced landfill costs by as much as $250 a week from the Student Union.
In order to promote recycling and better utilize current infrastructure, Northwest has adopted a color coded labeling system for campus waste. The colors used in the Union Food Court recycling centers will be used on campus both inside our buildings and throughout the grounds. We are currently in the process of implementing this plan and hope to have this completed by the end of 2012.
In support of the University’s composting effort, the Landscape Services Hardscape Team has built and or repurposed equipment to minimize program costs. These include a windrow turner, cart tipper, and a mixing wagon. The current success of this program would not be possible without this innovative approach to managing our costs.
For the 2012-2013 academic year Northwest has set a total diversion goal of 40%, and also to generate enough revenue through expanded recycling to offset all University landfill costs. A comprehensive materials and waste management planning program is underway in an effort to determine the right path to Zero Waste. Every effort is being made to utilize the financial returns on recycling to fund this program’s development.
The University first began collecting wastepaper for conversion into alternative fuel for the power plant in 1993. In 2011-2012 Northwest’s Pellet Plant (Country Club and Northwest Drive) collected and processed more than 1.9 million lbs of paper from around northwest Missouri for the production of alternative fuel. From wood chips to animal waste pellets, Northwest has been a recognized leader in alternative energy production for more than 30 yrs.
During academic year 2011-2012, 89% of the power plant's steam production was generated by alternative fuels. To generate the same amount of energy using natural gas alone would have increases fuel costs by more than $600,000.
Since 2004 Northwest has participated in Recyclemania! This friendly competition between college campuses across North America reached over 7 million students across more than 600 campuses. 2012 will mark the first competitive year for Northwest in Food Service Organics. At the end of the 2012 competition Northwest ranked number 44 over all in the Food Service Organics category. Go Bearcats!
This past fall, a group of motivated students established an organization dedicated to the success of Northwest’s sustainability efforts. Students Taking Action at Northwest for Developing Sustainability or STANDS has already taken an active role in getting their classmates involved. The first annual Greeks Go Green recycling competition, America Recycles Day, homecoming, and the Game Day Challenge were just the beginning.
The Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, CIE, opened in 2009 and utilizes a number of systems recognized by the LEED© Green Building Rating System© as sustainable measures used to meet different levels of "green" or LEED© certification.
Our campus-wide re-lamping effort is on-going, and concluded the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a high rise lighting retrofit that will save the University as much as $40,000 per year in utilities. In August this project was awarded an $18,292 KCP&L custom rebate for this effort.
In February 2012 the Northwest Missouri State University Student Senate passed a 50 cent per credit hour fee for Sustainability; making Northwest one of the very few institutions with a fully student-funded sustainability program. Go Bearcats!
In July 2012, The University received an $11,000 Northwest Regional Solid Waste Management District Grant for the purchase and installation of mixed material baler for the newly named University Pellet and Recycling Plant. Baling recycle commodities gives us the ability to more easily store material and minimizes transportation costs.
The EPA estimates that one wet ton of food waste at the landfill produces 16.2% more methane per ton than the average wet ton of mixed solid waste, and because Methane is 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than Carbon Dioxide, aerobic decomposition of windrow composting virtually eliminates methane emissions.