Shaver's Creek workshop to teach process, tools for going 'zero waste'

September 12, 2012

Many people are trying to reduce the amount of waste from their homes and offices that ends up in landfills. In an effort to help, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant (OPP) are holding a workshop on Oct. 3 titled “Naturally Green: The Journey to Zero Waste.”

The workshop is for “anybody that wants to learn how to achieve zero waste in their home, their school or their workplace,” said Brian Sedgwick, building services coordinator at Shaver’s Creek. Participants will learn simple steps for expanding composting and recycling programs and hear stories of Penn State departments that have achieved zero waste.

Working closely with the OPP Waste Management Team, Shaver’s Creek got rid of its trash cans and dumpster more than a year ago. The center now recycles and composts 96 percent of its waste and generates just one garbage bag per month, Sedgwick said. In order to make that happen the center changed everything from the kind of lumber it buys to the coffee containers it uses, he said.

Besides helping the environment, reducing waste saves money on landfill fees that can go back into Penn State’s operations instead, said Al Matyasovsky, supervisor of the OPP’s Central Support Services.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The cost is $15 per person, which includes a zero-waste lunch from Penn State’s Campus Catering, as well as transportation from the University Park campus and State College.

To register, go to online.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has spent 36 years striving to help people and communities learn to live in harmony with our natural environment. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated September 25, 2012