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.

TED Talks: A Greener Future

TED talks are a great resources for learning yourself or sharing with your students/patrons and even to get a discussion going.  TED ( Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  They offer a series on A Green Future, a collection of videos talks related to the environmental debate which ” traditionally been characterized as a conflict between economic progress and preservation of the planet. Most TED speakers, however, insist that we can have both — provided we’re smart about it.”  This includes talks like Van Jones: the economic injustice of plastic or  Majora Carter: the Greening of the Ghetto or John Hardy: My Green School Dream.   Check out these and other TED talks and add as a great resource.

Video Contest for high school students

From  http://www.worldof7billion.org/

Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting  nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues. Cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2011. DETAILS

For teachers: If at least 10 of your students submit videos, they’ll send you a set of free classroom resources.   DETAILS

Questions?  contact  Worldof7Billion@populationconnection.org or call 1-800-767-1956 or visit the website.

Environmental Documentary Films

Check out these films created by students at Guilford College (in Greensboro NC)  representing environmental beliefs and values and as stated on their web site: “producing a documentary film allows each student team to communicate and demonstrate not only mastery of key concepts and values of American environmental thought, but also to demonstrate mastery of technical and practical skills such as defining goals, idea development, time management, logical development, and cooperative learning.  Creating films not only challenge student teams to confront the difficulty of translating complicated legal and policy issues into a form the average person can understand, but also to engage in interdisciplinary creative and critical thinking and analysis.” View Films

Maybe a school, academic, or even public library could offer eco-documentary video creation contests to involved students, or even adults, in the education and discovery process of environmental connections and issues facing our world.

At my University this spring, the Communications & Outreach subcommittee of the UNCG Sustainability Committee lead by the enthusiastic eco-librarian Sarah Dorsey, offered “Sustainable Shorts” film contest – films produced by our students, highlighting a particular issue of sustainability. You can view the winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition.