A new student driven initiative at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to local landfills.
The college is spending $40,000 on an Organic Waste Collection and Composting Program targeting their kitchens and residence.
President and CEO David Walls says business students looked into COTR’s garbage as part of their four year degree program, discovering 33 percent could be put to other use.
“We’ve always had the focus of sustainability, it ties in with our degree program and I think that’s who we are,” Walls says. “I think we want to be responsible citizens in the community. If some of the bigger institutions don’t lead the way, then we can’t expect the community to do that either.”
Walls expects the project to be in place this summer, producing compost for the city’s use.
“That can be used in community gardens and likely around the college as well,” Walls says. “Its just a really good example of the kind of learning that our students are doing and how they actually impact something important in the community.”
The Columbia Basin Trust announced this week they were putting $30,000 into the initiative.
– College of the Rockies President and CEO, David Walls