Xavier offered students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about and experience firsthand how waste and urban water are managed in Greater Cincinnati during the University’s third annual Sustainability Day events on Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8.
A walking tour of the Mill Creek waterway that conveys wastewater from Cincinnati neighborhoods including Xavier showed tour-goers the entire process of the Rumpke Material Recovery recycling facility. The walking tour also included the Civic Garden Center’s green learning station, which models processes for catching storm water.
Bob Besso, Recycling Program and Waste Reduction Manager with Recology San Francisco, spoke about “Sustainability and Zero Waste.” President Michael J. Graham, S.J., also addressed the attendees with comments on the place of sustainability and the environment within recent Roman Catholic thought.
In March 2008, Xavier created a sustainability subcommittee in response to the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The group, which represents a cross-section of the campus community, drafted a comprehensive plan for achieving climate neutrality and initiated tangible actions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. For more information, visit the committee’s website.