CMN encourages conservation

May 15th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-4: Language Revitalization, Tribal College News

A team of 24 students from the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) has initiated a demonstration project to reduce plastic water bottle waste. With revenue from a fundraising campaign held this past fall semester, along with a matching gift from the college’s Scott Zager Venture Fund, the team purchased two retro-fitted water fountains for the college’s Keshena campus. The units enable students to refill their water bottles while encouraging conservation by keeping a running tabulation of how many disposable plastic bottles have been “saved” from landfills.

Students in Professor William Van Lopik’s sustainable development class said the project was intended to draw attention to landfills. Americans buy more than 28 billion plastic bottles a year; hence, reducing the number of plastic bottles being purchased and recycling are both important issues. The project team notes that their college is especially active in encouraging students and the community to live with the land rather than to pollute or destroy it. With re-filling stations now located in the Verna Fowler Library and Shirley Daly Hall, students, staff, and visitors have one more option for doing their part to reduce waste.

Mani Boyd served as project leader. Other team members included Stephanie Bugler, Teanna Davis, Ravena Fowler, Oren Hill- Sackatook, Barbara Johnson, Brenda Miller, Chase Quinney, Carol Red Kettle, Beth Schultz, Barbara Warrington, Susan M. Waukau, Chad Courtney, Cierra Dickenson, Delores Grignon, Gwendolyn Hawpetoss, Laundi Keepseagle, Tara Kirchner, Franny Kitson-Denny, Kayle Klitz, Greta Nelson, Monea Warrington, Jenna Waupoose, and Joshua Waupoose.

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