Ready, set, recycle! RecycleMania begins Feb. 3
Beginning Feb. 3, Centre will be in it to win it with RecycleMania.
For eight weeks, Centre will be one of numerous colleges and universities across the United States and Canada competing to see which campus can recycle the most waste per capita, which has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which has the least overall waste, with trash and recycling combined. The winning school will be recognized with a trophy—made of recycled materials, of course.
In years past, Centre has exceeded expectations in RecycleMania, recycling more than ten tons of waste—over 13 pounds of recycling per person on campus. In 2010, in the category of Per Capita Classic, Centre was the #1 recycler among institutions in Kentucky participating in RecycleMania.
RecycleMania is one of many ways Centre strives toward environmental sustainability and responsibility. Centre is the only college in Kentucky to have three LEED-certified buildings—Pearl Hall, the Campus Center and the addition to Young Hall—including two at the Gold LEED level. The A. Eugene Brockman Commons, completed in the summer of 2012, are in the process of being LEED-certified.
Centre students often lead the charge for sustainability on campus. The Student Government Association (SGA) approved funding for water-bottle filling stations to reduce the amount of plastic used on campus. Two filling stations, in Young Hall and Sutcliffe, have been installed.
Students also head up the Environmentally Conscious Centre Organization (ECCO), which partners with faculty members to discuss bringing environmental changes to campus. Members of ECCO were instrumental in establishing Centre’s Green Fund, which requires each Centre student to pay a $20 surcharge on tuition that goes toward purchasing renewable energy credits from the local Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station.
By Elizabeth Trollinger