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Food Is UMKC Focus On America Recycles Day

Nov 15, 2012

The Region Seven Administrator of the  Environmental  Protection Agency holds up University of Missouri-Kansas City’s food recovery and  dining  recycling programs as examples to emulate.

Melissa Barton, a UMKC food service manager, gives student union kitchen tour to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.
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EPA Region7 Administrator Karl Brooks, at right, with UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton.
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Karl Brooks toured the student union on “America Recycles Day.”

Brooks calls the university a pioneer in what has become sustainable materials management.

Over  six years, one management class has  waste-management audited more than 30 campus buildings.

This kind of approach, to Brooks, “ allows us to reduce environmental impact across each stage of the life cycle, we minimize the materials we use and we use less toxic and more renewable materials.”

Brooks, a former university environmental law professor, said eight higher education institutions are taking part in the four state region, including Johnson County Community College and Kansas State University.

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton estimated waste recycling on his campus at 66 percent of accumulation.

Food and dining management are a centerpiece of the program in a public-private partnership.

Among the recycleables are biodegradable drinking straws, cardboard and food.