In the summer of 2015, the brand new Grounds and Recycling Operations Center began operations on the CU campus. The GROC is an intermediate step in the recycling process between the campus buildings at the University of Colorado and the end markets for recycling. Recyclable materials collected from recycling bins across campus are delivered to the ROC, where student workers load, sort, and weigh materials in preparation for shipment to the local Boulder County Recycling Center, where materials are further processed and shipped to markets to be made into new products. During this tour you will learn about the facility and the lessons the team experienced in the LEED Gold Certification and operations process.
1:45 pm: Check-in
2:00-3:30: Presentation and Tour
Ed Von Bleichert
Ed has worked at CU Boulder since 1995, serving in a number of sustainability roles focusing on student engagement, green building, sustainable waste management, hazardous materials reduction, pesticide reduction, campus wildlife management and more. He received his BA in environmental conservation from CU Boulder in 1994. Part of his job is to make sure that all different functions of facilities management are coordinating with sustainability staff to make sure that campus is reaching its development goals in a sustainable way.
Jack has been the recycling program development director at CU’s Environmental Center since 1984 and has been working to make CU Boulder’s recycling programs as sustainable and efficient as possible. Jack is working with his current interns to improve on building codes and standards on campus, extended producer responsibility for off campus producers, and reducing paper waste. He coordinates with interns, students, faculty, and organizations locally and nationally to bridge the gap between the recycling industry and higher education to ultimately benefit both parties.
Monday, Jul. 97:45 pm - 9:30 pm