- Schupan & Sons CEO on the Pride and Profitability of Being Green
"We're all on this planet together, and if you do the right things you hope it has a multiplier effect," says Schupan. "I have children, and I want them to be proud of how we operate and handle our business. Our employees want to be proud of the values of their employer."
- More Plastic Bottles in Our Landfills? Ford Has a Better Idea - Carpeting
"At this rate, twenty or thirty years from now we can reduce our carbon foot print dramatically," says Sinclair. "By using a lot of renewable and recycled products, we can make sure that we don't have much of our product going into the scrap yard at the end of the vehicle's life."
- Catastrophic coal ash releases serve as a backdrop to regulatory battle
The United States generates millions of tons of coal ash, mostly related to the combustion of coal to generate energy. The ash is stored in landfills or open impoundments that are not currently regulated under federal laws governing solid and hazardous wastes. Despite high profile releases of tons of coal ash, EPA regulation is still not a certainty.
- Crippen Dealership: Driving a green initiative for dealerships
"Greening our dealership was the right thing to do - not only for sales, but also for the environment."
- Oakland University student Alex Kozlowski is recycling for a better future
"Throughout the course of human history we've had three revolutions: agricultural, industrial, technological and the inevitable fourth one will be the sustainability revolution," says Kozlowski. "It's just a matter of time and we need to make it happen if we want to survive on this planet.
Redford Union High School students lead recycling effort
- Kirk Heinze visits Redford Union High School on WJR
“Kids really get behind it because they can see an immediate impact,” says David Batistelli, student council adviser and social studies teacher at Redford Union High. “They get the weekly totals of how much we’ve recycled, and they feel like they can make an immediate difference.”
Senior and student council treasurer Daniel Webster is in charge of paper recycling.
“Every Friday we go around the halls and collect the paper products that have been accumulating in the classrooms all week,” Webster says. “Since June 2008 we have recycled 51 tons of paper.”
“A project like this helps students realize how much difference we can make,” says junior class student council representative Kim D’Arcangelo. “Students are starting to pick up the message that we have to be more environmentally-responsible.”
Batistelli encourages fellow teachers who want to start recycling programs at their schools to start small with easily-attainable goals.
“You won’t have to work hard to get the students to buy in,” says Batistelli. “Now that we have our feet wet we’re expanding the program.”
Melissa Scola is a senior and student council president. She says Redford Union is seeking Michigan Green School status.
“It takes a whole student body to pull together to achieve that status, and our entire school is committed,” Scola says.
Roger Cargill is Schupan Recycling’s point person with the students. He says that Redford Union is exceeding the results of any other school the company works with.
“The next generation gets it that we need to recycle more,” Cargill says. “That 50-year trend of throwing everything away is over.”
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