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Whey facility will clean waste, provide career training
April 5, 2016

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – When the Washington State University creamery makes cheese, only 10 percent of the milk purchased from WSU’s Knott Dairy winds up in the final product. That will change soon when ground is broken on a new expansion.

Small business gets advice to market fruit wood for barbecues
June 4, 2015

By Nevonne McDaniels, Wenatchee Business Journal

CoatesWENATCHEE, Wash. – After two years of work and free business counsel, Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood is gearing up to sell lengths of fruit wood – cherry, pear and apple – for use in meat and fish smokers.

Team Verde wins WSU Global Case Competition
April 13, 2015

By Craig Lawson, International Programs

globe_pacificrimistock_350pxPULLMAN, Wash. – University partnerships, education and practical application for dealing with plastic waste in Manaus, Brazil were addressed by the winning team in the fifth Washington State University Global Case Competition April 10.

April 10: Finalists compete to develop plastic waste solutions
March 31, 2015

By Craig Lawson, International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Five finalist teams will present their solutions for dealing with plastic waste in the environment at the free, public Annual Global Case Competition at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Todd Hall 216 at Washington State University.

Dec. 2: Environmental ethics, waste on the Palouse discussed
November 20, 2014

By Bev Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Garbology-100PULLMAN, Wash. – The impacts and ethics of waste disposal on the Palouse will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Todd 116 as part of the Washington State University Common Reading Tuesdays lecture series.

Nov. 17 deadline for ag waste, environment abstracts
September 30, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

waste-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A national conference addressing the effects of manure from agricultural operations on water, air, soil and climate is calling for abstracts. “Waste to Worth” will take place March 31–April 3 in Seattle. The deadline for abstracts is Nov. 17.

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas
September 18, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Beyenal-and-EwingPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.

‘Garbology’ book selected as 2014-15 common reading
March 24, 2014

Garbology-100By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Americans each produce 102 tons of trash in a lifetime. Impacts and implications of “the invisible waste embedded in America’s consumer society” are discussed in the common reading book that will be used 2014-15 at Washington State University Pullman.

Compost: Closing the loop on urban garbage and local farms
November 12, 2013

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Compost produced from urban food and yard waste could be “black gold” to farmers wanting to increase their yields and profits while improving soil and water quality. Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County is exploring how urbanization, long considered a threat to local agriculture, might actually help farmers keep up with demand for local food while recovering a valuable resource from the urban waste stream.

Microbes generate electricity in Dana Hall outreach
August 7, 2013

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microbes generate electricityPULLMAN, Wash. – In a hallway in a building at the engineering end of campus, a string of small, red LED lights blink unobtrusively, powered by a bucket of muddy water.

 

Dedicated crews of microscopic bacteria in the mud generate electricity by doing what bacteria do best: eating.
 
“The microbes eat organic material and transfer electrons to an anode buried in the sediment,” said Timothy Ewing, the Ph.D. student who helped put together the microbial fuel cell powering the lights. “The … » More …