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Sustainability Initiative at Aquinas College

Zero Waste Team

Our Zero Waste Team assists in educational programs concerning Aquinas’ waste streams. With everyone working together, we can reach this aggressive goal and be a zero waste campus! A "Zero Waste Advocate" is the zero waste point person in a respective area on campus. This volunteer is the campus community's one-stop resource for recycling and composting questions, recommendations, ideas, and challenges related to zero waste.

Zero Waste Advocates

 Below is a listing of the Zero Waste Advocates in each area.

  • Academic Building
    • 2nd Floor: Lynn Atkins-Rykert and Kevin Cantley
    • 1st Floor: Thad Salter
  • Albertus Hall: Jessica Eimer Bowen, Dr. Rob Peters and Sr. Damien Marie Savino
  • AMC: Mary Hurd and Nate Lareau
  • Browne Center/Conferencing: Mark Schmidbauer
  • Cook Carriage House: Mallory Miller
  • Flannery Hall: Benjamin Heston
  • Fr. Bartolome de Las Casas: Benjemin Heston
  • Grace Hauenstein Library: Kate Luebke and Christina Radisauskas
  • Holmdene: Chad Gunnoe
  • Housekeeping: Beth Ciangi
  • Hruby Hall
    • Student Accounts: Jessica Vaglica
  • Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center: Duane Ambrose and Angelica Gero

Advocate Testimonials

“I was able to instantly incorporate composting my old coffee grounds. Each morning when I go to the sink and get water to fill my coffee pot I put my old coffee grounds and filter into the composting bin. I always disliked tossing the old coffee grounds into my office trash can. The convenience of the compost bin near the sink means ZERO excuses!”
- Lynn Atkins-Rykert, Graduate Management Programs

“I don't know if I am a guru so much as a sustainability parrot ... it seems I am constantly chirping, ‘You can compost that’ ‘oh, that is recyclable.’ I must really be on top of it because a new employee actually thought I worked in the Center for Sustainability. I took it as a great compliment!”
- Brigid Avery, Advantage Center

“One of the obstacles I faced with moving toward zero-waste in my own office were the many tissues I go through each day. (Allergies!) I know tissues are compostable, but a crock sounded too inconvenient (and yucky). After splurging one day on gourmet coffee, I found my solution -- paper coffee cups! I now keep a tall coffee cup on my desk into which I stuff my tissues (and orange/banana peels). At the end of the day, I bring it to the compost bin down the hall and dump it all out. No mess! Once it gets too yucky I can toss the whole cup into the compost container -- and then treat myself to another gourmet coffee!”
- Susan English, Education