IVC plans to model recycling center after OCC
Published: Monday, October 19, 2009
Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 23:10
In spring of 2009, IVC's Green Team Alliance proposed that a recycling center be built on campus.
GTA plans to use the center as a means of reusing recyclables, normally thrown away, as a source of revenue to create more courses at IVC focussing exclusively on environmentalism.
Eric Nolan, President of GTA, hopes that the effort to make IVC more environmentally friendly will have a ripple effect on the district, ultimately leading to on-campus farmer's markets, composts for each school, and LEED certified buildings.
Nolan said that the BST building at IVC could easily be made LEED certified. "It's based on a points system. If they just added some solar panels and made a few changes."
IVC isn't the only campus working toward an environmentally efficient campus. ATEP, the district's newest addition, has all LEED certified buildings (see Casie Nguyen's story, "ATEP a `green' efficient school").
At Saddleback, ASG's Go Green Committee is a strong supporter of GTA's push to get a recycling center. As of Monday Oct. 19, the GGC has plans to start a compost operation and a farmer's market.
While the recycling center is still an unrealized dream with no definite construction plans or deadline, it's- no less- a feasible idea.
Orange Coast College has had enormous success with their recycling center. It began as a recycling drive on the first ever Earth Day in 1970, in attendance to the drive was Ralph Nader and Gaylord Nelson, founders of Earth Day.
A tour of OCC's recycling center during a GTA outing was all it took to convince Nolan and the other original member's of GTA- Richa Pandey, Keith Hough, Laquann Moore and Eugene Sultan- that IVC needed one as well.
"Each day OCC's Recycling Center collects 1,500 pounds of plastic and a ton of newspapers. OCC Recycling Center Coordinator Mike Carey estimates that the center collects 4,000 tons of material each month," said an article on OCC's website, titled "OCC Recycling Center helps keep campus green."
"The Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC) took in $250,000 in profit at the close of the 2007-2008 school year. The student organization directs the funds to a variety of programs, including student scholarships, the OCC Tutorial Center, the new library, and a wide variety of campus activities such as Fiesta Latina."
In addition to the recycling OCC practices other green efficient strategies.
"Instead of hauling 50 dumpsters of green waste to a landfill during the year, OCC uses a grinder to make mulch for landscaping on the 164-acre campus. For the past 15 years, OCC has also irrigated landscaping using reclaimed water."