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Going Landfill-Free

Written by Owain Jones, MBA in Sustainability student at University of Saint Francis An important part to becoming sustainable as a business, and as an extension a society, is dealing with the mounds of trash that is accumulated and then sent off to be dumped into landfills. According to the EPA, Americans generated 250 million tons of trash in 2010. This works out to over half a million tons every single day and 4.43 pound per person per day. Only 85 million tons of this was composted or recycled, coming out to be a 34.1% recycling rate. Even though this seems to be a low figure, it has steadily increased since mid-1990. As a business, the waste generated in offices can consist of material that is easily recyclable, like paper and plastic. However, waste material generated in the manufacturing process of a business can create a recycling challenge. The big American car manufacturer that you may have heard of, General Motors, has taken this recycling initiative head on to create a sustainable manufacturing process. As of June 2012, GM added its 100th landfill-free facility in Lansing, Michigan. The landfill-free designation literally means that the facility does not put one item  Continue Reading »

Local Focus: Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council

The Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council (NISBC) is a non-profit organization for businesses interested in a sustainable future.  They help their members on their sustainability journey by offering training, round table programs, and special events aimed at educating local businesses.  Additionally, they offer a prescriptive plan called the Bright Green Business Program that certifies businesses.  This program began as the City of Fort Wayne’s Green City Business Program and focuses on the areas of pollution prevention, solid waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation, community outreach, and employee wellness.  The NISBC’s program implements a mentorship system where the business pursuing certification is mentored by another member business who offers guidance and advice in applying sustainable practices.  The organization serves 10 counties:  Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.  They offer one-on-one training to members beginning their Bright Green Business checklist. Membership dues range from $30 to $2,500+ annually, with varying levels of benefits. Watch this video featuring NISBC Executive Director, Kerri Przemielewski to learn more.