Environmental Geography Course Project Report: Eco-Friendly Waste Management

Implementing Eco-Friendly Sustainable Waste-Management Systems in the Delaware, OH Community

Callie Wildenthaler

Project Summary:

            Eco-friendly waste management systems are a more sustainable alternative to our traditional waste systems. These systems utilize significantly less resources. In addition, eco-friendly toilets would offer a more economically friendly and a more sustainable and long-lasting system for eliminating waste which would be beneficial long-term with the predicted future implications of climate change.

For this sustainability project, I collaborated with Janelle Valdinger, City of Delaware, to create a proposal for implementing sustainable waste management systems to propose to local businesses in the Delaware Community. I facilitated contact with Ohio Wesleyan University Building and Grounds to inquire about the current systems on campus (which company was used, total cost breakdown, etc.). Janelle worked to contact the new owner of a previous establishment on Sandusky Street, our selected target for our proposal. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we were unable to complete a project proposal as B&G could not provide information on OWU’s current systems and we were unable to meet with any business owners in the community.

Recommendations:

            While the situation under which this semester and this project ended was not ideal, it is more important now than ever for us to consider more sustainable and environmentally friendly decisions. The increasing threat of climate change and the impact it is predicted to have on the environment should be an immediate concern to all. Therefore, we need to consider more sustainable alternatives for our future. Eco-friendly water saving waste management systems are one example of a sustainable option we need to consider. This project is one that would have a significant effect, even if only one or two toilets are implemented initially. A movement for environmentally sustainable thinking in our local community could stem from one business committing to implementation of these systems.

Overall, implementing water-saving toilets in the Delaware community is a project that needs to be revisited in the future, as it could change the structure and the way of thinking currently known to the city. Re-establishing contact with key businesses downtown and finalizing a proposal with information from Building and Grounds is all that is needed to initiate the transition into a more sustainable future in Delaware, Ohio.

Contacts:

Janelle Valdinger, Career Catalyst, City of Delaware – jlvaldin@owu.edu

Jay Scheffel, Interim Director of Physical Plant Planning & Operations, Ohio Wesleyan University – jescheff@owu.edu

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