Part Two of Two
As Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, you’re going to want to know how the end of the 13th annual RecycleMania tournament concluded on March 30. There were 523 colleges and universities competing for eight weeks to increase recycling participation by students and staff and to increase awareness about waste reduction programs on campus. During the tournament, colleges and universities collected 90.3 million pounds of recyclables materials!
The colleges and universities that took home the top prizes were:
- Grand Champion (percentage of overall waste that is recycled): University of Missouri — Kansas City – – (Recycling Rate: 86.02%)
- Per Capita Classic (total pounds of recyclables collected per person): California State University San Marcos – – (53.11 lbs. per capita)
- Waste Minimization (lowest recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College– – (3.20 lbs. per capita)
Check out the scoreboard to see the other winners. Is your college or university a winner? The RecycleMania tournament ended right before Earth Day, encouraging students to continue being sustainable.
What are colleges and universities doing for Earth Day?
On Monday, April 22, Earth Day is celebrated by every college and university throughout the country. For most schools, Earth Week is the rule because there is tons of information, games, and activities to share with students and staff about sustainability that cannot fit into one day. Below are some examples.
- For four days, Purdue University Office of Sustainability is hosting activities to involve students. One particular event is an Earth Day Carnival, which has games and information related to sustainability. Check out the other Earth Day activities that Purdue is hosting.
University of Washington
- On Friday, April 19th UW hosted their Earth Day Kick-Off. One of the events is a Trashion Fashion Show, which is a trash-oriented fashion show. It shows that ‘trash’ can be recycled. All week long, UW is hosting activities to involve students and staff.
University of California Santa Cruz
- This year, UCSC’s theme for Earth Week is ‘Digging Deeper: The Arts & The Earth,’ which has a greater focus on Arts. There is a Festival of Arts event where students can check out sculptures, photography, paintings, and dancers, and can connect with sustainability organizations. USCU is hosting fun eco-friendly activities for the community.
Earth Day is a worldwide celebration. Communities everywhere around the world celebrate Earth Day in their own way. Australia is one of the many countries getting involved in Earth Day. They are hosting a Picnic for Earth.
A way that Church Hill Classics participates in sustainability is by offering framing options made with 100% recycled wood. For instance, UMKC Bookstore in Kansas City, Missouri, offers customization options for their frames which include Rainier – made with 100% recycled wood and with a mahogany finish.
How are you participating in Earth Day 2013?
Frame your diploma with an eco-friendly frame!
|Gold Embossed Florida State University Diploma Frame
in Acadia with Maroon and Gold Mats
|Gold Embossed Kansas State University Diploma Frame
in Rainier with Black and Purple Mats
- West Point enters 2013 RecycleMania tourney – from U.S. Army
- RecycleMania coming to Edmonds Community College – from Lynnwood Today
- Case Studies of colleges and universities success with RecycleMania – from RecycleMania
- Recycling Basics – from United State Environmental Protection Agency
- Recycling – from GreenStudentU
- Earth Day 2012
- Keeping “Green” at Church Hill Classics
- 15 Facts You May Not Know About Trees
- “Green” Actions Galore at Seattle University
- 5 Colleges Working On Their Green Efforts
- Going Green Efforts
- It’s “Earth Day” All Year Long for These Employees