As we approach Earth Day, it’s worth taking a moment to consider our impact on the planet. Bolivar Technical College is one institution that’s working to reduce its environmental footprint.
One initiative the faculty at BTC enjoy is partnering with local healthcare facilities to repurpose their unused materials like gauze, bandages, and gloves. Our faculty are able to use these materials in our Simulation & Skills lab, which means less consumption for our college. This not only reduces waste, but also provides students with a valuable lesson in resourcefulness.
In Missouri alone, 25 million pounds of trash is thrown away each day. One way that BTC has promoted reducing waste is by installing water refill stations throughout our campus. These stations encourage the use of reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones. To reduce waste further, the staff at BTC are encouraged to use the paper shredder in the office, which is then recycled. The college is in the process of getting recycle bins installed around campus to inspire students to dispose of waste responsibly.
BTC is also energy-conscious by using motion-detected lights that automatically turn off when no one is in the room and sun-blocking shades on windows. This helps reduce energy consumption and saves money on utility bills.
BTC students are encouraged to carpool when they can to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. We also provide a dining room on campus with refrigerators and microwaves to allow for students to bring leftovers — reducing food waste — and stay on campus during their school day.
By taking small steps like these, BTC is doing its part to promote sustainability and regenerate the planet. BTC hopes to inspire others to commitment to sustainability by showing how small changes can make a big impact.