Faculty Sponsor

Candace Florence




Health Care Administration

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017


Across the nation, college institutions are turning to decreasing waste to cut financial costs. Valparaiso University is a viable collegiate candidate for campus waste reduction. The university dining hall has already implemented many programs geared towards waste and carbon footprint reduction with an emphasis on minimizing everyday expenses. Students, however, are unclear on the amount of waste they are accumulating during meal time. The idea for this project came from an environmental health class. Literature has shown that proper programming (i.e. composting) can help raise awareness for waste accrual and decrease the carbon footprint in larger institutions. For college students, the learning environment should shape students in and out of the classroom. These real life learning experiences can help shape future generations to be more resourceful in reducing their waste. By implementing these compost trash cans, students can not only see the decrease of waste, but also the need to reduce, reuse, and recycle for now and in the future.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

The author, Natalie Bittles, is passionate about employee satisfaction and continuing education to better the entire work place. She is a student in the 4+1 Masters of Health Care Administration program at Valparaiso University. Future aspirations include joining a large children's hospital and working to increase patient satisfaction and lower health care costs without compromising excellence.