The Daily Evergreen

Professors design novel process for recycling drywall

Two professors in WSU's School of Design and Construction are recycling drywall to address an environmental problem.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

October 20, 2020

Two WSU professors invented a process to recycle drywall into blocks, which can then be used for construction projects. Drywall is a common building material made from the mineral gypsum, also known as calcium sulfate, said David Drake, scholarly assistant professor in the WSU School of Design and Construction. ...

ASWSU hosts virtual event on environmental awareness

There are several different routes that can combat climate change, said Kara Whitman, instructor for WSU’s School of the Environment. 

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 14, 2020

The ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance and TEDxWSU Countdown held an event featuring WSU faculty to discuss how climate change is impacting people locally and worldwide.  There are areas of the Arctic where a boat can be sailed through, said Von Walden, professor for WSU’s Department of Civil...

Recycling bins removed without warning or explanation, student claims

One graduate resident at Yakama Village says there is a large buildup of recycling outside the complex.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

October 12, 2020

WSU removed recycling bins from several student housing complexes without telling residents, claimed one graduate resident at Yakama Village, who raised concerns that the WSU administration no longer cares about sustainability for its students.  When Jose Riera, doctorate student at WSU’s College of Educati...

Researchers test liquid hydrogen as potential green fuel source

Researchers used liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for drones. Fueling the drone only requires a few gallons.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

A WSU lab is the first university lab in the country to successfully test liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for unmanned aerial vehicles.  WSU researchers collaborated with Mississippi State University and Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc. to create a hydrogen-electric version of the ScanEagle dro...

Whitman County waste station accepts credit cards

Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station implemented a card machine that allows customers to pay without breaking social distancing rules.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Whitman County’s solid waste drop-off locations now allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards, according to the waste station’s director.  David Nails, solid waste and recycling director of Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station, said the addition of a card machine allows cus...

School district recognized for continued sustainability effort

School district recognized for continued sustainability effort

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 30, 2020

Teachers and staff at the Pullman School District implement sustainability education through planting trees and creating owl boxes. This effort led to the district being named one of the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardees on April 22.  “I became c...

‘When in doubt, throw it out’

A dumpster full of recyclable plastic bottles stands in the middle of a building. WSU Waste Management enacted the change because China stopped accepting recyclable materials from the United States.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

January 17, 2020

WSU Waste Management has recently made changes to the recyclable materials that they are accepting. They are only accepting clean metal cans and specific plastic bottles. Nathan Kite, WSU Waste Management program assistant, said they implemented the changes in October. He said WSU Waste Managemen...

A Wasteful Life: Rethinking Sustainability

Residents of Kooskia, Idaho spend Saturday, Oct. 5 grinding apples for Tahoe Qru, the town’s tiny volunteer EMT building.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

November 13, 2019

KOOSKIA, ID — Irene Finehout dug through a plastic crate, her fuzzy green hat shielding her from a slight drizzle. In the parking lot of this small town’s volunteer EMT center off the highway, Finehout pulled a handful of shiny apples from the crates and pointed to tiny holes that had formed on their...

University increases campus recycling efforts

Rick Finch, manager of WSU waste management, says contaminated material in recycling bins lower the market value and cannot be recycled.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

November 5, 2019

WSU waste management invested about $4,000 in new recycling signs around campus to specify what items can be recycled or not in an effort to decrease contamination. Rick Finch, manager of WSU waste management, said the goal is to keep the recycling program sustainable. The recycling markets around...

A Wasteful Life: Palouse locals advocate for no-plastic life

“This [climate change] is an emergency, we’re not going to vote-with-our-dollar our way out of this,” Michelle Decourcey, clinical pathologist at WSU’s teaching veterinary hospital, said.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 9, 2019

Alice Ma has used the same eating utensils since 2011.  The WSU dietitian unsheaths a bamboo fork, a spoon, a pair of chopsticks and a knife from the red-and-white vinyl case. It’s the color of her alma mater, the University of Utah, where she first found her passion for sustainable living and ...

Pullman will declutter at annual event

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” says PDS President Devon Felsted.

NEPHTALI CALLES, Evergreen reporter

April 26, 2019

The City of Pullman and Pullman Disposal Service have partnered to host the annual Pullman Spring Clean Up from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pullman Disposal Service. “Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house,...

ASWSU approves recycling initiative to urge lawmakers

Linda Vargas, Undocumented Inititatives ambassador and sophomore environmental science major, said the DACA renewal fund brings the cost down to $250.

DAISY ZAVALA, Evergreen reporter

March 21, 2019

The ASWSU Senate finalized its decision to support campus recycling initiatives and confirmed two students to College of Arts and Sciences seats Wednesday. Resolution for recycling initiatives approved Senators Kiera Rust, Grant Esomonu and Chase Urquhart authored the resolution to improve recyc...

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