Recylcemania 2012 Results

Recylcemania 2012 held its 12th annual competition, had 605 schools participate for 8 weeks this spring.

Stats for this years contest:

  • 92 million lbs. of recyclables and organic materials were recovered
  • prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E).
  • this reduction in greenhouse gases =
    • annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars
    • electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes
    • the burning of nearly 705 railcars’ worth of coal.
  •  average recycling rate for participating schools increased from 27.61%to 28.49%  over the course of the tournament

The Winners:

  • “Grand Champion” (determined by the percentage of overall waste recycled): American University- (85.16 percent) – Washington, D.C.
  •  “Per Capita Classic” (determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person): Union College- (61.79 lbs.) – Schenectady, N.Y.
  • “Waste Minimization” (determined by the lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College – (2.79 lbs.) – Orlando, Fla.

They also hosted the 2nd annual video contest with the theme “The Spirit of Recycling, ”  where the public was invited to vote for their favorite  videos posted to YouTube, the student submission from Florida State University garnered the most “likes” to win first prize followed by East Tennessee State University. Clemson University’s video received the Judges’ Award.

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Zimride

Zimride is a rideshare service for campuses, workplaces, or to go to  events. Zimride works with organizations, universities etc to create local networks, but there is also a public zimride as well.  Its free and easy, just sign up. It integrates with  facebook and twitter too. We have Zimride now at my university – you login with you university email, input your route and times, see on a map who is traveling your area and can easily contact them about ridesharing!

Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is “an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs.” There are several colleges and universities listed as top for 2010 or you can view workplaces by state.  Looking for a “greener” workplace – check out these lists!

ACUPCC

The American College & University President’s Climate Commitment has over 600 signatures now. Is your institution one of them?  By joining the ACUPCC institutions commit to work toward climate neutrality through education, leadership and modeling of sustainable behavior. They agree to:

  • Complete an emissions inventory.
  • Within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
  • Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions.
  • Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience.
  • Make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

The site offers some resources that can assist in planning and action options for faculty/staff, students, presidents, and  alumni.   You can also follow them on twitter.

FREE online webinar on Green IT

Green IT: Saving Money, Saving the Environment (in higher education)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2pm, ET

“Technology drives higher education, but unfortunately, it’s also a tremendous drain on the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Innovative programs from Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs are at the forefront of eco-sustainability efforts, providing ways to save money while saving the environment”

Green Directory for Colleges

From AASHE bulletin:

Duke University (NC) has launched a free directory of environmental information at nearly 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities. The directory provides listings of environmental degree programs as well as environmental opportunities and organizations at campuses around the country. The directory was created by student volunteers at 40 campuses nationwide, including undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. It offers information on undergraduate, masters and PhD degree programs and includes links to campus carbon inventories and recycling opportunities, environmentally focused student clubs and organizations, and environmental opportunities in the local community. Duke U Press Release