- 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."
- Kirk Heinze: Why don't more of us recycle?
National studies suggest that even when people have ready access to recycling-either curbside or at a nearby center-most still don't get into the habit. According to Tom Emmerich, President of Kalamazoo-based Schupan Recycling, the key is not necessarily convenience; rather, it is education.
Oakland University student Alex Kozlowski is recycling for a better future
- Alex Kozlowski talks with Kirk Heinze
By Caitlin Cox
Alex Kozlowski, a senior in Environmental Science at Oakland University, is a 2011 Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader. In 2009 he started a recycling program at MJR Marketplace Digital Cinema 20 in Sterling Heights, where he works. Cans and bottles left behind in auditoriums are collected and recycled. His efforts have led to donations of $600 each to Forgotten Harvest and to local DARE anti-drug education programs.
“Throughout years of working, I noticed that there were a lot of opportunities to recycle things,” says Kozlowski.
Kozlowski then decided to get his coworkers involved in the project by getting his fellow ushers in the habit of collecting recyclables.
“Cans and bottles are collected and saved, instead of throwing them away.”
The habit of recycling is something that Kozlowski says is part of his lifestyle and also part of what is shaping the world today.
“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.
“I hope we get to a point where green isn't just something we talk about, but rather a part of our everyday lives.”