IUPUI and Butler University Win AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition, hosted by Kimberly-Clark Professional

IUPUI and Butler University Win AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition, hosted by Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Ben Jarrett (far left) and Cristine Schulz (right), and AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser (far right) present the AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition award to McKenzie Beverage of Butler University (left) and Jessica G. Davis of IUPUI (center).

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Ben Jarrett (far left) and Cristine Schulz (right), and AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser (far right) present the AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition award to McKenzie Beverage of Butler University (left) and Jessica G. Davis of IUPUI (center).

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Social Impact

CONTENT: Press Release

ROSWELL, Ga., January 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Butler University partnered to win the AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition, hosted by Kimberly-Clark Professional. The two schools secured a $50,000 prize that will catalyze a city-wide composting collection program that serves as important step toward their large-scale commercial composting collection initiative.

"I am humbled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Butler University in collaboration with my project partner, Jessica Davis, IUPUI Sustainability Director. I am so pleased that AASHE and Kimberly-Clark Professional provided this opportunity. Seeding innovation and creativity with funding like this is so critical to continue advancing sustainability in higher education. There were so many incredible submissions. I look forward to seeing many more in the future," said McKenzie Beverage, MPA, Sustainability Coordinator with Butler University.

This project intends to remove the barrier to entry, change the market and make this more affordable for other organizations to participate by sharing the cost of having a trash hauler cart away the food waste from dining halls.

Butler started a pilot composting project in 2014. This ongoing project transfers 800 pounds of pre-consumer food waste like the tops of peppers and apple cores to a composting facility each week rather than incinerated. IUPUI has started composting pre-consumer food waste in their main dining hall, with the hopes of expanding to post-consumer food waste quickly. Large-scale composting helps both universities meet their sustainability goals of waste reduction and reducing emissions associated with climate change.

Each University hauling food waste on their own was cost prohibitive, so Beverage approached IUPUI in the spring, and together she and Davis devised the proposal to collaborate.  By recruiting community partners, commercial composting will become cost competitive in Indianapolis.

“Sustainable solutions don’t begin and end on our campuses,” said Jessica G. Davis, MS, Director of IUPUI’s Office of Sustainability. “I'm thrilled that AASHE and Kimberly Clark provided IUPUI and Butler with the opportunity to remove a barrier present not only on our campuses, but also city wide. It was fantastic to see the creativity generated as a result of this competition, and I'm honored to be recognized among them. McKenzie and I are looking forward to getting to work!”

Entrants submitted their best idea in 500 words or less about a campus initiative that is related to energy, waste, food, water or climate change. From the 226 entrants, 20 semi-finalists were asked to submit a 2-minute video and 1-page financial overview of their project. Three finalists then presented their projects in front of a panel of judges and a live audience at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo where IUPUI and Butler University jointly won the competition.

“At Kimberly-Clark, caring is one of our company values, and it drives everything we do – from helping people care for their families, to helping our communities and caring for our planet. We are very proud to present this award to IUPUI and Butler for their efforts. These schools have developed an innovative, sustainable solution for their campuses and their community, and we look forward to seeing it succeed,” said Ben Jarrett, North America Sustainability Leader with Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Kimberly-Clark Professional has a long history of innovation and environmental leadership, and its efforts have been recognized by leading environmental non-governmental organizations. In 2015, it became the first major manufacturer in North America to produce bath tissue and towel products incorporating domestically sourced non-wood fiber. It also was the first away-from-home towel and tissue products company in North America to obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for a broad range of towel and tissue products, and currently holds the largest portfolio of FSC certified towel and tissue products in North America.

About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces, helping to make them healthier, safer and more productive. Key brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Georgia, is one of three Kimberly-Clark business sectors. To see how Kimberly-Clark Professional is helping people around the world to work better, please visit www.kcprofessional.com.

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Terry Balluck

Kimberly-Clark Global Communications

972-281-1397

terry.balluck@kcc.com