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MNU Goes Green for Environment and Cost Reduction

Olathe, Kan. – MNU is going beyond recycling to help the environment. Starting September 15, the student cafeteria will go tray-less. The move will save water and energy as well as reduce cleaning chemicals released into the local environment. According to Food Service Manager, Donna Brunton, each tray takes up to one-half gallon of heated water to wash.

“We are excited to join in a conscious effort to raise awareness of environmental issues in our community,” Brunton says.

Another effort underway is the replacement of all dormitory washers and dryers, which is scheduled to begin in December over Christmas break. Through a newly renegotiated contract with its vendor, MNU will get energy-efficient machines. The news has been well received by students who learned when they enrolled last month that on-campus students can now do their laundry for free at MNU. Kevin Gilmore, MNU’s vice president for finance and CFO, concludes the deal is good for students, the campus and the community.

“Anytime you have the opportunity to be more friendly to our environment you ought to do it. This just made sense,” Gilmore says. “It’s also a part of our continuing effort to improve the residential experience for our students.”

While the MNU community was already recycling paper, Ron Jackson, associate vice president for community formation, says the efforts will be increased dramatically. With the purchase of new recycling bins that do not require sorting, Students and employees will be able to keep cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum from entering Olathe’s landfill.

“It’s going to reduce the amount of garbage we dispose of and may allow us to use smaller dumpsters on campus,” Jackson states. “If so, we’ll save money. But it’s mostly about being responsible and not putting recyclables in a landfill.”

In another move that according to Jackson will result in tremendous savings in energy costs, windows in Rice Hall, one of the older dormitories on campus, were replaced this summer with funds that a donor designated for the purpose. Additional plans include replacing more windows on campus as funds are identified.

“These initiatives add up to savings for the University and its students,” said Michael Johnson, director of marketing communications. “But we are even more enthused about the combined environmental impact of all of these changes. It is good for us and for God’s green Earth.”

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, liberal arts university offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees and adult degree completion, as well as five professional graduate degrees in business, education, and counseling. MNU is located on a 105-acre campus in Olathe, Kan., and recently opened a location in Liberty, Mo., for adult and graduate programs including the RN-BSN program. MNU is the home to Bell Cultural Events Center, Olathe’s premiere venue for fine arts performances.

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