June 15, 2013
Robert McNair

Professor Earns Grant to Expand Campus Recycling Program

Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D. has received a $30,000 grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District as part of a grant to reduce waste by patrons at Chaifetz Arena.

Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D.
Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D. Submitted photo

Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Center for Sustainability received a $30,000 grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. His grant is titled "Campus Recycling Program Expansion: SLU Center for Sustainability/Chaifetz Arena."

To improve recycling availability and awareness on campus, Brandon Verhoff, project analyst for Service Operations, will assist Wulamu with plans to introduce six Big Belly Solar recycling units to high traffic areas on campus, including Chaifetz Arena, to encourage recycling and to help divert recyclable materials from landfills. These units will increase recycling collection by 55 tons, decrease emissions through reduced collection trips and diminish collection expenses.

In addition, the Center for Sustainability, Facilities Services, Business Services, Marketing and Communications, and Global Spectrum have partnered to upgrade the recycling program at Chaifetz Arena. Located on SLU's campus, Chaifetz Arena is a large sized event space that hosts more than 365,000 people from the campus, district and region annually, with 45,000 from area schools' commencement ceremonies alone last year.

The grant's goal is to increase recycling efforts at Chaifetz Arena through the addition of single-stream recycling receptacles and event equipment, as well as through the introduction of educational signage for the promotion of single-stream recycling. By increasing recycling availability at the arena, location-specific waste diversion will increase, increasing the university's total recycling by 52 tons, while also educating and encouraging patrons from the campus, district and region to increase their recycling habits elsewhere.

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Established in 2010 by a grant from the Alberici Foundation, Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability offers in-demand degrees and expertise on the critical environmental and planning challenges facing today's society. The Center offers both a groundbreaking master's degree in sustainability - the first and only program of its kind at a Jesuit University, a master's of urban planning and real estate development — and a graduate Certificate in Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS. Through innovative academic programs, applied research and regional outreach opportunities, the Center for Sustainability's students and faculty develop creative, collaborative solutions to improve the world around them.

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