Marshall University students’ sustainability project turns into entire department

A student-led grassroots effort has grown into an entire Sustainability Department with bicycle sharing, a thrift store, and the first commercial compost facility in West Virginia.
By: | April 25, 2022

A student-led grassroots effort to make Marshall University more sustainable in 2009 has grown into an entire Sustainability Department with bicycle sharing, a thrift store, and the first commercial compost facility in West Virginia.

“For a while, it was just a student garden and a recycling program, which we still have both of, but we’ve added a lot of new programs as part of the department in the past four years,” sustainability manager Amy Parsons-White told The Herald-Dispatch.

These include the Rolling Thunder Bike Share, where students can download an app to use bicycles; Gro Marshall Nature-Based Recovery, which uses gardening, meditation, and yoga as therapy; and a compost facility that is the second largest at any university east of the Mississippi River.

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