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 November/December Newsletter * Volume 2 * Issue 1

Mid-Missouri Youth Benefit from MU Staff Members Recycling Cans

By Ashley Craft

What do Girl Scouts, Royal Rangers and aluminum cans have in common? One passionate MU staff member who has gone on to raise funds for Mid-Missouri youth by recycling aluminum cans. MU groundskeeper, Herman Klippel started fundraising through recycling in 2017, when his granddaughter’s Girl Scouts troop in Ashland, Missouri, needed assistance with picking up and hauling soda cans from their local recycling center to companies such as Advantage Metals who pay for the aluminum.

“Herman is a very warm, outgoing person,” said Laura Redfield-Jacobs, a leader of the Ashland, Missouri, Girl Scouts troop who works with Klippel on the can-collection service project. “He helps the Girl Scouts by taking the overflow when no one else is able to, and he’s using the money to help the kids in his church with different projects. Cans are not the most glorious, glamorous thing to play with. But he’s willing to take the time to do that to help the youth.”

Finish reading Herman Klippel's story here. 

Holiday Flavor of the Season: Sustainability

By Brock Andreasen 

One of my favorite things about the holiday season has to be all of the great food! Instead of eating cold pizza for breakfast (and lunch.. and dinner..), many of us will get to sit down to a home-cooked meal for the first time in what has felt like a lifetime!

However, did you know that we waste 30-40 percent of the food we produce here in the US? After the holidays when we're transitioning back to eating Ramen noodles, we’ll be wishing we had gotten to enjoy that 30-40 percent of our potentially wasted holiday food!

Food waste is such a problem that the EPA has declared it to be the single largest component of trash going into landfills, and that household wastes (including food waste) increase about 25 percent during the holidays! What is there to do? Below are some tips to help you get the most out of holiday dinners and cut out food waste as much as possible:
  • The best thing anybody can do to reduce food waste is to simply prepare less. Make it a game to see who can prepare just the right amount of food to where none is left by the end of the meal. Loser has to do the dishes! 

  • If you do have leftovers, jazz them up a bit! There is no shortage of recipes online for leftover holiday food! Take a look at the recipe below to jump start your leftover cooking ideas. 

  • Properly store your leftovers if you have them! A tightly sealed Tupperware container will keep food better than just saran-wrapping it on a plate! This also allows you to properly freeze your leftovers too, to help save it for later.  

  • Try and cook food according to its expiration date! Letting food spoil in your kitchen wastes money and potentially tasty food!

  • Check out! They have awesome tools that can help you grocery shop smarter, help you learn neat hacks for optimizing food storage and  provide you with a cool guestimator that can help with calculating just how much food to cook. 

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Upcoming Campus & Community Events


Sustainability-Focused Topics in the News

MU Language Partners bridges gap between cultures | Move Magazine

Tiger Pantry experiencing food shortages amid seven years of service | Columbia Missourian

Alaskans fight to save U.S.'s largest national forest | The Guardian 

Winter season going well for outdoor farmers market | Columbia Missourian 

A Grand Celebration: CAFNR officially opens Land of the Osages Research Center | MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 

Extra 15-minute daily walk could grow world economy by $100 billion | ABC News

Get Your Green Volunteer Hours Submitted


The MU Sustainability Green Volunteer List was established in the fall of 2019 to recognize University of Missouri students who dedicated a set amount of volunteer hours each semester to making their campus and community a more sustainable place to live. 

To be eligible for the Green Volunteer List in a given fall or spring semester, a student must meet the following requirements: 

  • Gold – Volunteer dedicated 20 hours or more this semester helping their campus and Columbia community. 
  • Silver – Volunteer dedicated 11 hours to 19 hours this semester helping their campus and Columbia community. 
  • Bronze – Volunteer dedicated 10 hours or less to helping their campus and Columbia community. 

Green Volunteer activities include:

  1. Tiger Tailgate Recycling with MU Sustainability
  2. MU Sustainability event assistance
  3. Student Ambassador outreach
  4. Sustainability communications
  5. Stream cleanups with Sustain Mizzou
  6. Weatherizing houses with Sustain Mizzou
  7. Help with pickup and/or sorting for Tiger Treasures Rummage Sale with MU Sustainability and MU YMCA
  8. Waste Audits with MU Sustainability
  9. Assisting with True/False
  10. Tabling at electronic waste drives with Sustain Mizzou
  11. Voting in campus, city and national elections
  12. Attending city council meetings/forums 
  13. Attending sustainability-focused events listed on our Campus/Community calendar within each monthly MU Sustainability newsletter
How frequently will students be recognized: This will be a semester based green volunteer list that will go from August 1 to December 31 and January 1 to May 31. Results will be posted one to two weeks after the last day of December/May. A digital copy of the certificate will be emailed to the student to save paper. For more information and to log your hours please visit: 
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan, Author
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