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Nov 16

EPA Commemorates

Posted to The Official Blog of Mayor Carolyn Comitta by Christine McAllister

EPA Grant and Celebration Photo 111516 Resized


Pictured above accepting EPA Certificates of Recognition:  West
Chester University (WCU) Interim President, Dr. Chris Fiorentino;
West Chester Borough Sustainability Director, Meghan Fogarty;
WCU Sustainability Committee Member, Denise Polk; and EPA
Representative.

 

 
EPA Environmental News
Contact: Roy Seneca, seneca.roy@epa.gov  215-814-5567

EPA commemorates America Recycles Day with $12,000 grant
to West Chester Univ. for composting


PHILADELPHIA (November 15, 2016) – In recognition of America
Recycles Day, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency today
announced a $12,060 grant to West Chester University to support
a food composting project that will help the university and West
Chester Borough keep food scraps away from a landfill.

“West Chester University has already demonstrated itself as a
leader in sustainability efforts, and this funding will help the university
further expand its food recovery and composting efforts,” said EPA
Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.  “By
diverting food scraps away from a landfill for composting, the
university and West Chester Borough are making a valuable
commitment to maintain a sustainable environment.”

With this funding, the university and borough will partner with
10 local businesses including restaurants, two senior living facilities,
the Chester County Hospital and the food service operations at
the university dining hall to set up a 12-month pilot composting project.

EPA and organizations nationwide are celebrating America Recycles
Day today by making a concentrated effort to raise awareness about
the impact organizations and individuals can have on the environment
at home, school and work.

Non-food recycling rates have climbed dramatically in the U.S in recent
years for many products, but we still recover only about 5% of the
excess or wasted food.  In 2014, that amounted to 37 million tons of
wasted food -- making food the largest waste category going into
municipal landfills across the nation. 

The university’s composting project was initiated with a 2014 EPA grant
that was used to partner with the borough to collect food scraps from
two local restaurants for composting.  The grant announced today will
expand on that project.  

For more information on recycling, go to:
https://www.epa.gov/recycle

For more information on America Recycles Day, go to: 

http://www.nrc-recycle.org/americarecycles.aspx

 

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Sep 16

37th Chester County Restaurant Festival

Posted to West Chester Parks and Recreation Blog by Richard Ashenfelder

Feelin’ hungry? Join us for our 37th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival Sunday, September 18, from Noon to 5:30 p.m.

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