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Changing the culture of waste - Closeups
December 2013 Issue
In an overgrown field off South Milledge Avenue, Chris McDowell hauls construction materials around a makeshift workshop. Old concrete columns, twisted rebar and splintered cuts of wood are among the piles. To the average person this stuff is trash. To McDowell (MLA ’12), it’s a treasure of useful resources with potential. With a little time and creativity, the scraps can be used to beautify community gardens, public gathering places and outdoor classrooms. A program director with the College of Environment & Design, McDowell runs the Material Reuse Program, an initiative he started to construct community spaces in the Athens area with supplies salvaged from demolished buildings. With McDowell’s supervision, students have recycled the construction materials to create a teaching garden at Clarke Central High School, a communal garden for the Latino advocacy organization Casa de Amistad, and an aquaponics greenhouse at the UGArden, among other things. In the process, they have diverted 125 tons of construction waste from the landfill. During …
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