College of Dentistry to hold waste audit April 14

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will conduct a waste audit in commemoration of Earth Month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the area just east of the Dental Science Building. Dean David Johnsen will provide opening remarks at 10 a.m.

The waste audit, the second for the college, will help to measure the effectiveness of the college’s efforts to reduce waste, recycle and reuse, and to identify additional sustainability-related opportunities, in particular, composting.

The college’s first waste sort was organized in September 2008 by its Go Green Committee, a group of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to supporting the University’s mission to reduce its environmental footprint through education, sustainable environmental practices, and social responsibility. The audit data helped launch new practices including using recycling containers, recycling of disposable clinic gowns, powering down computers, using energy-efficient hand dryers in restrooms, buying supplies in bulk, and the addition of bike racks.

The College of Dentistry is seeking additional volunteers to assist with the waste sort. Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided. To sign up for a 30-minute or longer shift contact Nancy Slach at nancy-slach@uiowa.edu. For more information, contact Ann Synan at 319-335-6579.