In 2011, Johnson C. Smith University joined an organization of local universities and colleges to share information on reducing solid waste on each of the participating campuses. The organization falls under the auspices of the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Department.
As part of this organization, the University was invited to participate in the Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management Committee in Charlotte. The meeting included the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, as well as local businesses and organizations. Discussions covered issues around the policies, programs, education, outreach, infrastructure and the economic, environmental and social advantages or disadvantages of reducing solid waste.
Some of the sessions included:
- extended product responsibility
- construction and demolition recycling.
- special events recycling
- food scraps and other organics composting – commercial and institutional
- institutional waste diversion
- alternative disposal and mixed-waste processing
- zero waste
- mandatory residential recycling
- goal setting and implementation strategies
Attending the event were representatives from the JCSU post office, purchasing and receiving, the National Management Resource Corporation, food service and business operations. Participants will serve on the proposed Solid Waste Committee that includes all stakeholders in this initiative and will be charged with the task of developing a plan for the University campus.