Porter County -- The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites Porter County residents and those who work in the county to participate in the new Master Recycler/Composter Program that is scheduled for the spring of 2014.
Participants will learn about waste prevention, recycling, and composting, and have the opportunity to meet others who have similar waste reduction and environmental interests in this extensive eight-week session.
The program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26, in the meeting room at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, 2755 State Rd. 49, Valparaiso. The course will feature guest speakers and field trips that will help students gain environmental knowledge beyond the blue bin.
Topics will include: waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste and alternatives, organics recycling and home composting. Registration is available on the District’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.
“Reducing the waste that goes into our landfills is much more than placing glass jars, plastics containers, aluminum cans and paper products at the curb,” said Therese Davis, executive director of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County. “By paying attention to what we do every day and rethinking our routines, we can further reduce waste and make a difference.”
A fee of $30 will help cover the cost of course materials and is due upon acceptance into the program. Class participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to educate and inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work.
The class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled.
“Volunteer work can include helping out at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, teaching a local community group how to incorporate recycling at their special event, educating residents in an apartment or condo complex about recycling opportunities, working booths at special events and more,” Davis said. “We’re open to other great ideas they have about inspiring others to become knowledgeable about waste reduction.”
For more information, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 465-3819.
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is participating in #GivingTuesday, an online social media movement whose focus is to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness to create a better world.
On #GivingTuesday – December 3, 2013 – a giving link will be available on Taltree’s website, Taltree.org. People interested in participating in #GivingTuesday and helping Taltree can make a modest monetary donation.
Founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday brings individuals, corporations, small businesses and nonprofits together to showcase the giving spirit of the holiday season.
#GivingTuesday is about inspiring more and better giving every day. The goal is to create a national day of giving, making it as synonymous with the holiday season as the retail industry has made Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Just as the retail industry has benefited from these coordinated national shopping days, #GivingTuesday harnesses collective messaging power for nonprofits.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is participating in #GivingTuesday to raise awareness and funds for environmental conservation and education. This 360-acre oak preserve encompasses the second most diverse collection of oak species in the nation; is home to many endangered and rare plant and animal species; and has restored the native prairie, woodland and wetland landscape of the Northwest Indiana region. In the 15 years Taltree has been in existence, it has become a leader in the Northwest Indiana region in environmental conservation and education efforts.
“A collective is only as good as its individual parts. #GivingTuesday is about the parts – nonprofits, for-profit companies and individuals – coming together to move forward and make the world a better place.” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Our philosophy is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson – ‘The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.’”
Those interested in joining Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit Taltree.org/GivingTuesday. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit GivingTuesday.org.