Reduce, reuse…now what?

This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten.  Every year, according to a 2015 study, North Carolinians throw away 23.6 billion pounds of trash. That is enough trash to circle the earth twice.   It isn’t spite that makes NC residents throw away their recyclables, but ignorance. Ipsos, a market research company, performed a study in 2011 during […]

WCU to participate in Recyclemania

What’s the best way to get WCU students to care about environmental issues? Make it a competition of course. WCU will participate in the 2017 Recyclemania event for the first time starting with two preseason weeks, Jan. 22 through Feb. 4, and the actual event starting Feb. 5 until April 1. According to their website, Recyclemania […]

How green is Western Carolina University?

On paper, WCU is among the top universities in the nation in terms of participation in various green initiatives, but the students say we can do more. WCU recently placed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.  The review points out a specific initiative, “Reducing Our Carbon Paw Print,” which was designed to help […]

Sylva paper factory cares for the environment

Jackson Paper Manufacturing in Sylva is the largest producer of 100 percent recycled paper in North Carolina.  The company utilizes several measures to minimize its impact on the environment, with systems in place to prevent any discharge into local waterways and no harmful emissions released into the air.