Three Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) students, Lexi Capka, Logan Gould, and Maya Hammond are participating in the university’s Sustainability Internship Program. They're not only helping the university reduce waste and increase operational efficiency, but they’re also learning skills that have helped them in their coursework and are preparing them to enter the workforce. Through the Sustainability Internship Program, the interns are identifying solutions for difficult-to-recycle items such as hardcover books and plastic wrap, seeking strategies for streamlining data and asset management practices, and installing recycling and compost bins in buildings throughout the Columbus campus, among other tasks.
The EDDS students have worked with Ohio State’s Zero Waste Program, which has helped expand university-wide food composting from 39 to 120 buildings. The Ohio State Zero Waste Program has the goal of achieving zero waste by 2025 by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills, and these three students are excited to help the university reach this goal.
Learn more about these EDDS students and their internship here: https://go.osu.edu/sustainability_internship