By Daniel Giacomuzzi

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. Then they are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis. It is also determined which schools have the best recycling rate (the percentage of total waste), compared to which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. Bryant University’s Sustainability Committee and partners are entering this spring and especially RecycleMania this semester in full swing! Last semester, the committee and its partners worked to organize teams and divisions to work on certain projects. Several of these took place last semester, a few spilling into both semesters, however, most are to take place this current semester! Even still with the focus of planning for next year’s cross-functional commitments to Sustainability. The facilities office and Dave Leduke will be hosting the annual e-waste recycling drive at the end of February (2/22). This year we will be partnering with the town and schools of Smithfield, RI. Later in the semester in late March (3/27 & 3/28), Gail Valentine has organized for the annual Green Office Clean-out to be held in 15 offices, while Charlene Farley has for organized the Supply Exchange to be held in the Rotunda, the latter day (3/28). And lastly to top it all of we will be hosting an Earth Week extravaganza (4/22-4/28) topped off with a May 1st Farmers’ Market. Please contact the individual in charge to learn more about the event and how you can help make it happen!
Dave Leduke: dleduke@bryant.edu
Gail Valentine: gvalenti@bryant.edu
Charlene Farley: cfarley@bryant.edu

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