... and now the naysayers, those eager to criticize success with one-sided perspectives, are coming forth. A prime example is a November Waste & Recycling News editorial that attacked The Ohio State University's phenomenal 98.2% diversion rate at the November 3, 2012 game. In the November 26 Zero waste can have high costs editorial, WRN questions whether OSU overachieved with the high rate. "Let's not divert common sense too" was a comment in the editorial.
Questioning program costs is important. Research into corresponding benefits, monetary and otherwise, before publishing critical copy on costs is inherent within quality journalism. Scott Lutocka, Piazza Produce facility manager, used his eloquent, experienced voice to throw penalty flags on the WRN editorial in his rebuttal, OSU should be lauded for its efforts. Kudos to WRN for publishing Scott's rebuttal.
|Scott speaking at zero waste event|
At other times it is best to remain silent as OSU did upon publishing of the biased editorial. If OSU had written a response, it most likely would appear defensive and give more energy to the criticism. OSU President Gordon Gee sent Scott a personal thank you for writing on OSU's behalf.
To learn about Piazza Produce's zero waste journey under Scott's stewardship, visit the Zero Waste is a Team Sport post and the Ei FB album. 09-24-12 Piazza Produce Zero Waste Tour.
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Congratulations to Corey Hawkey, program coordinator for OSU's energy services and sustainability office, and his team for developing a successful program in a nearly 106,000 seat stadium - no easy feat! A future blog post will dive deeper into OSU's winning zero waste program.
Let's play nicely together and remember the Power of the Voice. As witnessed with Scott's rebuttal, penalty flags for poor behavior may be thrown in a manner where all win.
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