EMBI students earn $9,000 in research grants for landfill, Clean Sweep work

Two UW-Green Bay science students will receive maximum $4,500 awards from the UW System Solid Waste Research Council.

Kyle Sandmire, a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy, has earned funding for his “Resource Recovery Facility Feasibility Study” to assess opportunities to reduce waste and increase resource recovery for Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties at a future landfill site in southern Brown County. Sandmire is supervised by John Arendt, associate director of UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute.

The second research grant goes to Brian Yagle, an undergrad majoring in Environmental Science. Yagle will work with the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to evaluate the Wisconsin Clean Sweeps Grants program. He will help identify trends in the use of funds, participants served by grantees, and consistency in terms of the proposals and data provided in the annual reports. Yagle is supervised by Associate Prof. John Katers, EMBI’s director.

The UW System program funding the students’ work was created by the state Legislature in 1990. Research typically involves alternatives to solid waste disposal, including the reuse and recycling of materials, composting, source separation and the disposal of household hazardous wastes.

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