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8A SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012 LearninQ SIDNEY HERALD MSU students, staff urge univer:;ity community to recycle more BY ANNE CANTRELL MSU NEWS SERVICE BOZEMAN - Montana State University could be recycling more, and if it did it would save money, accord- ing to a group of MSU stu- dents and Facilities Services staff members. With the help of several staff members, students in a business management course studied the uni- versity's trash and found that more than 30 percent of items that are thrown away on campus could be recycled. Further, if all eligible items were recycled rather than being sent to the land- fill, MSU would save more than $16,000 annually in landfill tipping fees. "Recycling these materials just makes sense," said MSU Environmental Services Manager E.J. Hook, who helped with the project. "The university would save money, but we would also be reducing our carbon footprint. It's the right thing to do." In a draft version of the university's Climate Action Plan, the university has proposed a goal of cutting waste by 25 percent by the year 2020. It would take every student, faculty and staff member at MSU recy- cling seven sheets of paper, one plastic bottle and half of a can every day to meet that goal, said Hook and Gretchen Hooker, director of the ASMSU Sustainabil- ity Center. They estimate those ef- forts would divert 1,200,000 pounds from the landfill by the end of one year and, at current market rates, that the university could earn more than $60,000 annually from sales of recyclable materials. Recycling income is used to offset operational costs.The university's recycling program, which is operated by the ASMSU Sustainability Center, has grown in recent years. It was started with a pilot project in the fall of 2008 and has more than doubled in size from 2009 to 2011, according to Hooker. The program currently diverts approximately 9 percent of campus waste. ASMSU provides recy- cling stations in nearly every building on campus and provides containers for recycling at athletic and special events. Working together, ASMSU, Facilities Services and Residence Life also recycled nearly five tons of cardboard materials that were generated during Move-In Day at the begin- ning of the semester. And last semester, Renne Library recycled more than 4,000 pounds of microfiche. "These efforts are sig- nificant and represent real progress, but we need the participation of all Bobcats to help us continue the upward trend toward the campus's 2020 goal," Hooker said. MSU is one of the largest single landfill contributors in the valley and generates more than 4 million pounds of trash annually, Hook said. He added that waste reduction and recycling ef- forts play an important role in extending the usable life of the county landfill and reducing related greenhouse gas emissions. Hook urged MSU stu- dents, faculty and staff to try to recycle more. If every individual made an effort to recycle, the effect would be significant, he said. "The good news is that we could make a real difference by changing our habits just a little bit," he said. "If we all work together, we would see a big change." Hooker noted that recy- cling during the academic year is off to a good start. From July-December 2011, the amount of waste MSU disposed of in the landfill was down nearly 150,000 pounds from July-December 2010. At the same time, nearly 30,000 more pounds had been recycled. "These numbers reflect efforts campus-wide, so all of us share in the continued progress of reducing waste," Hooker said. "We would like to build on the momentum from last semester this year, and we encourage everyone to join in these efforts." Recycling containers are located at or near the main entrance of nearly every KELLY GORHAM I Msu PHOTO MSU students who studied the university's trash found that more than 30 percent of items that ore thrown away on campus could be recycled. Further, if all eligible items were recycled rather than being sent to the landfill, MSU would save more than $16,000 annually in landfill tipping fees. Recycling stations are located in nearly every building on the MSU campus as well as at athletic and special events. building on campus and can be recognized by their blue lids. Office paper and cardboard dumpsters are lo- cated outside in the service entrances of most buildings. BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD School spirit Sidney High School cheerleaders Heidi Anderson, left, and Julie Theis get the crowd going at o recent home basketball game. 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In addition, the Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development granted a $247,000 waiver of MSU-Northern's local share. Consequently the state's investment of $400,000 actually became a $1,067,000 investment in the future of North-Central Montana. This grant will allow MSU-Northern's BiD-Energy Center to function like a proof of concept center for many new companies seeking to test their prod- ucts. The grant will fund testing, salaries, consum- ables, and it will also allow MSU-Northern's BiD-Energy Center to purchase a scaled reactor which will help expand their research on biD-jet fuels. MSU-Northern's Dean of the College of Technical Sci- ences Greg Kegel said, "We have a number of business partners who are hungry to test their ideas. We at MSU-Northern BiD-Energy Center have an appetite for solutions. We think this grant will help to ease some of the hunger pains often associated with the start of a new business." Kegel added, "Many small busi- nesses fail because they do not have the funds to do the necessary testing to bring their product to market. This grant will provide the seed money for small emerging businesses to test their products and hope- fully bring their products to market. The BiD-Energy Center has capabilities that are unique to the Region and unlike other research facilities; the BiD-Energy Center is accessible to even the smallest entrepreneur." MSU-Northern Chancel- lor, Dr. James Limbaugh commented, "This is just one more way in which MSU-Northern is partner- ing with industry to make North-Central Montana a strong economic hub for Montana. As these small businesses grow, we hope our students will be able to be a part of their creation and success." Limbaugh continued, "We hope our involvement with these com- panies will help us to tailor our programs to better meet the needs of alternate energy industries." Paul Tuss, executive director, Bear Paw Develop- ment Corporation, said, "Bear Paw Development is pleased to be a partner with MSU-Northern in this federal award. A robust and growing bioenergy sector of Montana's economy is good news for our entire state and represents the underpin- nings of this federal invest- ment. Our role is to explore opportunities for rural and agricultural entrepreneurs to take advantage of the capacity that has been built at MSUN to develop biofuels and other ag-based energy solutions for our nation, with the ultimate goal of commercializing them for use in both the private sector and in government." Bear Paw Development is an EDA-recognized Economic Development District and represents a five-county re- gion in northern Montana. Tony Preite, MSU-North- ern's Director of University Outreach and Economic Development, stated, "This is another example of the outstanding relationship be- tween MSU-N and Bear Paw Development Corporation." 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