RecycleMania, the premier collegiate recycling competition managed by Keep America Beautiful, is back in action. Sunday, Feb. 7 marked the beginning of Centre College’s eight-week 2016 RecycleMania season.
Hundreds of participating colleges and universities are competing in several categories based on the weight of recycling, food organics and waste reduction collected. Each week, schools report their data and use updated rankings to rally students and staff with educational activities, displays and other outreach efforts.
Last year, Centre’s Green House Gas reduction was 42 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, which compares to eight cars off the road or the energy consumption of four households. That contributed to the collective 80.1 million pounds of waste composted and recycled for the 2015 RecycleMania Tournament.
RecycleMania is one of many ways Centre strives toward environmental sustainability and responsibility. The College maintains four Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings on campus, has received grants totaling more than $35,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to aid campus sustainability and has established a Green Fund that supports renewable energy.
Centre Environmental Association (CEA) will be hosting a table at Cowan during lunch the week of Feb. 15, to collect glass recycling so students don’t have to carry them to a LEED certified building. Additionally, CEA will be hosting a trash audit in March on the front lawn.
The overall goals of Recyclemania are as follows:
1. Motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.
2. Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs.
3. Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve their programs over time.
4. Have a fair and friendly competition.
by Cindy Long
February 8, 2015