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February 17, 2012

Penticton campus recycles for Ethiopia

by Arnica Rowan

A novel idea from Business Administration Chair David Northcott has the Penticton campus making international good with its recycling.

Northcott, who teaches Entrepreneurship and Development in Emerging Nations (EDEN) and is working on his doctoral studies in establishing a caring business culture, saw an opportunity when he looked at the recycling bins located around campus.

“We don’t realize how little it takes to make a difference,” he said. “It only takes $30 per month to keep a student in university in Ethiopia.”

Northcott knows because in 2009 he took six students from his EDEN class to Ethiopia. Not long after their return, the campus started focusing on creating a culture of sustainability and the penny dropped.

“I knew the organization Canadian Humanitarian was supporting young students and helping high school graduates with university, and I connected the two issues,” he said.

The Penticton Campus Regional Assembly agreed, saying it made sense for Canadian students and faculty already engaged in sustainable practices, like recycling, to expand that idea by helping students in an impoverished nation.

Now 100 per cent of the funds go to Canadian Humanitarian. Staff, and students like Kristi Leardo who is in her second year of Business Administration, are chipping in, some even bringing their refundables from home.

So far the group has raised $120. Northcott hopes student and faculty through the College system will either join this program, or create other projects to raise funds. Contact David Northcott, local 3241, for more information.

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