Last month the Weatherhead School of Management put on it’s annual Halloween party, the Weatherheadless Ball. For the first time, with help from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, the event was zero waste. Zero waste events involve all, or nearly all, waste being recycled or composted. In order to achieve this goal, those of us organizing Weatherheadless ordered all-compostable tableware from a company called World Centric, and contracted a Cleveland business named Rust Belt Riders to take the waste from the event to a nearby industrial composting facility. The World Centric products were so cost effective that even after hiring Rustbelt Riders, the Zero Waste initiative saved $200 relative to what Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) had originally budgeted for tableware. Not only this, but there’s more good news! There is enough compostable tableware left over that GBSA could throw another party without buying new items.
I would like to thank the CWRU Office of Sustainability, the Graduate Student Council, the Graduate Business Student Association, and the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit for supporting me to lead the Weatherheadless zero waste effort. I’d like to also thank Rust Belt Riders and World Centric for working with us, and the students at Weatherhead for their enthusiasm for making Weatherhead events more sustainable.
- John Turner, MBA '19, Fowler Family Fellow
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