The average college student will produce 640 pounds of waste each year. The newly formed Missouri Western Environmental Club will be working to drastically reduce that figure.
Environmental Club founder Janolin Higgins began the program as a way to compensate for the lack of environmental awareness.
“I was personally frustrated that there aren’t a lot of environmentally friendly options at this school. We don’t recycle, we don’t have a university garden and it was just a lot of things I felt like a university our size should have,” Higgins said.
According to the Missouri Recycling Association, only 19 universities in the state have recycling programs.
“We are hoping to promote environmental awareness and create a more environmentally friendly campus. For our first project, we want to start recycling in the [residence] halls, maybe by partnering with RHA (Residence Hall Association),” Higgins said.
Higgins also discussed the possibility of partnering with the biology and conservation department to bring bigger projects to life, such as a university garden.
With the club still awaiting approval from the Student Government Association, the Environmental Club plans to bring in new members and make an impact at Western starting in the fall of 2015.