BG Council asked to encourage businesses to go ‘green’

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN

BG Independent News

 

A group of environmentally-conscious students would like to see Bowling Green businesses going more green.

Members of the Environmental Action Group at Bowling Green State University approached City Council at its last meeting about encouraging local businesses to adopt environmentally-friendly policies. The organization has worked to lessen waste and increase sustainability on campus, and now would like to extend those efforts to more of the community.

Julia Botz, a senior biology major, suggested such practices as:

  • Green composting by restaurants.
  • Recycling at Main Street businesses.
  • Restricting the use of disposable plastic foam.
  • Adding more electric car charging stations.

Businesses could be encouraged to participate with the awarding of a “Green Bowling Green Business” designation to those that make efforts to help the environment, Botz suggested.

Council President Mike Aspacher thanked Botz for making her presentation. “I appreciate your efforts,” he said.

Aspacher suggested that members of the BGSU Environmental Action Group meet with Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter to discuss ways the city can assist with the organization’s efforts.

Mayor Dick Edwards complimented the student organization for the changes that are being put into place at BGSU.

“You’re really accomplishing some amazing things on campus,” Edwards said. “Pretty amazing.”

The mayor asked the students to bring a report to City Council of the successful programs on campus, so city officials and the general public can be made aware.

On a related matter, the city recently created the new position of “sustainability coordinator” and is in the process of hiring a person to fill that spot.

That position was established to help the city develop sustainability programs and work on public outreach on items like refuse/recycling, solid waste diversion and reduction, storm water management and assist with an urban forestry program.

“It has become evident that the city needs a position like this to educate, inform and work with residents on the services provided and responsibilities of residents when it comes to refuse and recycling,” Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett said.

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