Winona State University and the Winona Area Public Schools are both working towards becoming more sustainable. Bruce Bechtle, Director of Dining Services at Winona state University, says the Jack Kane Dining Center alone at is working to help the school become more sustainable and save money at the same time. One of the things the cafeteria is doing is getting rid of the trays, which helps to reduce the amount of water and food waste in our cafeteria. Bechtle says there has been very good results from the tray less idea so far.
Bechtle says the schools are recycling all cardboard, tin, office paper and plastic and using as many recyclable products as they can. WSU is also working with local farms to recycle food waste. The cafeteria is also switching from foam products to a more sustainable product for their retail and to-go areas.
The Winona Schools District is also going green. Bill Olaughlin, Director of Building and Grounds says the grade schools have switched over to all green cleaning products, started a new recycling program, use energy efficient lighting, as well as constructing a new, “greener” building.
The schools have started an energy education program for the faculty and an environmental class for the students in order to teach them how to save energy and our environment.