FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(July 2, 2013)
SWACO Grant Funds CCAD Recycling, Landfill Waste Reduction Effort
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 2, 2013) – Columbus College of Art & Design will deploy 60 recycling stations and 10 water bottle refill stations across its downtown campus in early August funded by a $19,800 grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).The two recycling/waste reduction initiatives will be in place for fall semester when CCAD welcomes nearly 2,500 students in degree and continuing education programs, 350 faculty and staff to campus along with 10,000 annual visitors to the college’s exhibitions and visiting artists programs. Students will create and direct a Sustainability Awareness Campaign throughout the fall.
“Our Sustainability Committee has challenged our campus community to reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills,” said Dennison W. Griffith, CCAD president. “We’ve made progress with a composting program for waste in our dining hall, and our May effort to repurpose materials left in dorm rooms at the end of the school year reduced by 60 percent the usual amount of move-out items sent to the landfill.”
As a test, CCAD in 2012 installed a single water bottle refill station in an academic building and measured 31,000 bottle refills, significantly decreasing the number of plastic water bottles purchased and discarded on campus. The SWACO grant will be supported by a $7,500 energy rebate from AEP to power the refill stations, $2,600 from CCAD to purchase 1,000 refillable bottles to distribute and $13,200 annually from CCAD to provide the clear liners for the recycling bins.
“We are pleased to be able fund a sustainability project like this,” said SWACO Interim Executive Director Rick Dodge. “We target our grant funds to programs that can improve regional sustainability. CCAD’s program is a prime example. It will show how individuals who make small changes in their lives can collectively make a big difference in reducing waste.”
The 60 recycling stations will collect newspapers, printed and writing paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and cans. CCAD will measure solid waste data to compare the volume of recycling versus waste generation to evaluate the programs’ effectiveness.
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts.
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio was created in 1989 and is one of 52 solid waste management districts in Ohio. As part of its mission, SWACO works to reduce reliance on landfills and to increase recycling in Central Ohio. Its employees are leading area experts on recycling and waste reduction. SWACO also runs the nation’s largest Recycling Drop-Off Program.