IWRC celebrates 28 years of service
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Curris Business Building, all the way across University Avenue, resides the Business and Community Services building, home to the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC). The IWRC, UNI's own brain baby, is celebrating its 28th year of service.
"The IWRC was put in place to help Iowa small businesses with environmental issues such as regulatory compliance and pollution prevention," explains Communications and Public Relations Manager of Business and Community Services Joe Bolick. "Through the years, while our core program has remained true to form, we have also grown to expand our services and carve out specific areas of expertise, such as industrial painter training and food waste. With that said, every project we take on has the ultimate goal of minimizing the environmental impact of each of our clients."
Since the establishment of the IWRC, "we have provided direct assistance to over 6000 Iowa businesses. We have trained and certified over 3,000 painters from all branches of the military and private contractors," said Bolick.
Throughout its many years, the IWRC has made an immeasurable impact on several communities, as well as the environment. "Unfortunately, tracking and gathering waste reduction statistics is nearly impossible, so most of our impact is anecdotal rather than statistical."
With years of experience - 28 to be exact - under its belt, the IWRC is not decreasing its impact any time soon. "We are continuing to grow and evolve. For instance, we are currently developing a sustainability certification for the craft brewery industry in Iowa," said Bolick. "We are also continuing to pursue new and innovative ways that we can have an impact with entities across the state to reduce the amount of food waste that is going to landfills."
The future looks a little brighter thanks to the IWRC's continuing efforts.