4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Washtenaw Community College has made substantial investments in its waste reduction programs in order to green its campus. In 2004, WCC spent about $10,000 on new recycling bins for lobbies and classrooms across campus, which helped them to recover over 104 tons of containers, paper and cardboard. Other notable improvements are a newly designed logo to give the recycling program an identifiable image and an expanded role of the custodial staff in the program. WCC bases much of its success on communication and coordination with its janitorial staff, whom they feel are the foundation to a successful program. In addition to recycling a wide range of materials, buildings on campus have been updated with many energy saving features. Buildings around campus use ENERGY STAR equipment, fluorescent light bulbs, occupancy sensors, and timers on external lights in order to reduce energy usage. Campus workers also perform routine preventative maintenance on major equipment and employ night setbacks and other temperature control measures when buildings are unoccupied. In the future, the college plans to develop an educational program for students and staff detailing the recycling program in order to increase participation. Other steps the college is contemplating are purchasing more recycled products, starting a kitchen/yard waste composting program and finding more ways to recycle construction waste.