For Immediate Release
December 3, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

'Green Ambassadors' Encourage Good Waste Management Practices

College Students Volunteer to Conduct Environmental Education

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Bureau of Waste Management is launching its new education and outreach program called ‘Green Ambassadors.’  The Green Ambassador program will provide education to the public on proper waste management practices by enabling full-time Kansas college students to serve as messengers for environmental education.  Key waste management practices include things such as composting, recycling and taking advantage of local household hazardous waste collection centers.

“Green Ambassadors will take our message of environmental stewardship to groups throughout Kansas, emphasizing good personal decision making and habits regarding waste management,” said Bill Bider, Director of Waste Management for KDHE.  “They will also be discussing other issues related to environmental protection and natural resource conservation.”

The inaugural class of Green Ambassadors comes from eight Kansas college campuses: 

Green Ambassadors are available to speak to interested parties such as social and philanthropic clubs and groups as well as schools within their area.  To find out more, or to check into the possibility of scheduling a Green Ambassador to speak to your group or organization, contact Rodney Ferguson at 785-291-3746.