Southern recently launched a new composting program aimed at reducing the amount of campus kitchen waste ending up in a landfill. By partnering with local organization NewTerra Compost, the University is able to turn approximately 200 pounds of food waste into compost each week.
“I feel that this will greatly reduce our impact on the environment, which is an ongoing goal here at Southern,” said Teddy Kyriakidis, director of food services. “We plan to continue and expand on this program next school year.”
This composting project is one of many eco-friendly practices that Southern has implemented through the years, such as installing more than 800 solar panels, participating in single-stream recycling, and adding water bottle fill stations across campus to reduce plastic waste.
Tom Verrill, senior vice president for financial administration, was happy to approve the composting project.
“At Southern we are not only concerned with providing a high-quality education, but also about teaching our students to be good stewards with everything God gives us,” Verrill said. “This includes our planet and its valuable natural resources, which are easily taken for granted. Through these green initiatives, we help preserve our environment and further our mission as a Christian institution.”
Southern Adventist University | July 2021