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Integrating community, education, and global sustainability: The Vash Recycling Model
by Vash, Tracy A. Gainer, Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2008, 158; 3326926
Abstract (Summary)

Action research engages researchers and communities in iterative, reflective inquiry to address issues and solve problems with the support of data analysis. The study was structured by and analyzed using the prototype Vash Recycling Model (VRM). For three years, January 2005 through December 2007, this study engaged textiles, apparel, and merchandising students at West Virginia University in collaboration with The Mission, a homeless shelter in Clarksburg, in a joint recycling project. The VRM, found to be an effective guide in textiles and apparel recycling, assisted environmental sustainability, and in 2007 eliminated 679,271 pounds of waste from the landfill while generating $101,824.21 to support organizational stability. This effort is critical as textiles and apparel processes and practices negatively impact land, water, and energy resources worldwide. Further testing in various geographical locations, with different populations, and with other recyclables could extend model utility and reinforce global sustainability efforts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McFall, Barbara
School: West Virginia University
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Home economics education, Agriculture, Environmental science
Keywords: Action research, Environmental education, Model, Recycling, Sustainability, Textiles and apparel, Vash Recycling Model
Publication Number: 3326926
ISBN: 978-0-549-78741-9
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