Learn How to Implement a Source Separation Program in Your School Cafeteria

The GREEN TEAM is a joint program of the Center for EcoTechnology and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.

The GREEN TEAM recently released an instructional video on source separation in school cafeterias. Source separation is a system by which organic material and recyclables are collected separately from the trash. This system makes recycling and diverting organic waste easier, which makes it more likely to be done. Recyclable material is then recycled and made into new products, and organic matter is composted, used to feed animals, or turned into energy through anaerobic digestion.

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Spring Clean Your House: Reuse and Recycle Your Old Furniture!

By Avery Cross, Green Business Fellow

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According to the EPA, approximately 8.5 million tons of furniture waste is sent to landfills each year, even though many of these items are still usable, either as parts or as a whole. With limited landfill capacity – that’s an incredible waste of space! Additionally, throwing out furniture for disposal demands more energy and resources as new furniture is produced and transported to replace it – emitting associated greenhouse gasses in the process. Rather than sending unwanted furniture to the landfill, we can reuse and recycle it.

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Creative Reuse Project: Transform your Magazines!

Creative Reuse Project: Transform your Magazines!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

According to the EPA, roughly 350 million magazines are printed every year. However, only about 33% of paper products are recycled! Recycling magazines is a great way to reduce waste, however, you can also use them for many other purposes! Recently, we turned old magazines into a DIY coaster and colorful envelopes! See how we made them below! We also featured a demonstration on WWLP’s MassAppeal show. Check it out!

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The EcoFellow Experience: Jorge Guarin

Hola! My name is Jorge Guarin, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. Most of my time at CET has been focused on community outreach and education; however, I have had the chance to be involved in a variety of projects. I graduated from The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) and Forestry in May 2017. I majored in Sustainable Energy Management and during my time at SUNY-ESF I acquired some experience in materials management; hence, CET was a perfect fit to put my education into action.

 

 

 

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The EcoFellow Experience: Willow Cohn

Hello! My name is Willow Cohn, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. My primary role at CET focuses on Community Outreach and Education. In addition, I have had the opportunity to cross-train in many areas at CET including high performance building, food waste reduction, building science, and marketing.

I am a 2016 graduate of Siena Heights University, where I majored in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. At Siena Heights I studied the science of the natural world and the connections that humans have to the environment. I have work experience in various sectors of the environmental field. I worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, The McDowell Environmental Center, and the Alaska Center for the Environment. I am passionate about the environmental field because I believe it holds a critical connection with many other fields and all aspects of life. As an environmentalist, my goal is to reduce human impact on the environment while being socially, culturally and ecologically just. I was attracted to CET because I felt my goals blended well with CET’s mission to promote technologies that have the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the Earth. I strongly believe in this mission and wanted to be part of an organization that was a pioneer in making instrumental change in the environment.

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