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December 6, 2013
Sustainability fans ready and revved for Recyclemania
not surprisingly, that number is not far from
the totd number of colleges and universities
that have signed the American Colleges and
Universities Presidents Climate Commitment
There are several goals of the competition.
"Overall goals (are) to increase recycling
efforts and reduce waste ... generate attention
and support for campus recycling programs
(and) have a fair and friendly competition,"
according to Recyclemania's website,
If those are the goals nation-wide, what
are some of Guilford's
"There has not been a lot
of student involvement (in
the past)," said Collins. "It
wasn't in my face all the
time. That's our goal: to
make it a big thing."
Of course, promoting
recycling is also a huge
— "(We're) trying to
encourage colleges to
"Basically, you're measuring the ratios recycle more instead of just throwing out
of recycled materials to trash materials," everything," said junior Nathan Secrest,
she said. "Whoever has the highest ratio of last year's Sustainability Department work-
materials wins." study student. "There is a tendency to just
The competition has grown dramatically classify anything unwanted as trash. Many
over the past few years. types of plastic and paper can actually be
"Recyclemania was started in 2001," said recycled. For the most part, you wind up
David Petree, director of environmental with a lot more recycling."
sustainability. "Guilford (College) has Senior Will Kimmell, the other
participated since 2009. Last year, nearly 700 Sustainability Committee head, hopes to
colleges and universities participated. That focus on both Guilford and the environment
number represents about 15 percent of all as a whole.
colleges and universities in the U.S. Perhaps "Our primary goal (is) decreasing waste
BY NICOLE BARNARD
On your mark. Get set. Recycle!
Introducing Recyclemania, an international
recycling competition that is coming soon to a
school near you.
Spring 2014, the sustainability committee
will host this eight-week long event,
taking part in the international recycling
Sophomore and Sustainability Committee
head Lily Collins explained further.
"I don't understand why we're still asking
the question of why is it important to be
Lily Collins, sophomore
headed to the landfill," said Kimmell.
Even without much student involvement,
however, Guilford has done well in the past.
"Last year, without any major advocacy,
public relations campaigns or large student
engagement, Guilford ranked 22nd out of the
274 participants (and) number one in North
Carolina," said Kimmell.
However, Kimmell also wishes that
students would get more involved.
"Though I am glad we are in the top
10 percent of participants, this ranking
speaks more to the college's infrastructural
and administrative policies regarding
waste reduction than to the student body's
participation in waste reduction practices,"
said IQmmell. "If we want to remain an
institution rapidly emerging as a leader in
undergraduate sustainability education
and practices, the student body needs to
recognize our responsibility in supporting
and maintaining this leadership role." '
There are several events going on during
this eight-week period, including a talk by
Nancy Hoffmann, a Valentine's Day event
and Young's event on February 13.
"We're hosting a movie in the Greenleaf
called 'Tapped' about water usage and non-
recyclable water bottles," said Young. "We've
also contacted (the Campus Activites Board),
who gave us reusable water bottles that they
don't need and we're going to have people
decorate those with Crafternoon."
So what does Guilford hope comes of this
"It takes (several) weeks of habit building
to actually create a habit," said Secrest. "The
idea is that this is a eight week competition. If
you encourage people to start recycling and
then build that habit after, they'll continue to
Kimmell hopes has high hopes for the
future of Guilford.
"(We) believe Guilford can unify to
become a nationally recognized
center for sustainable
to educate the
understand why we're still asking
the question of why is it important to
be sustainable," said Collins. "That's a
given. We should all be aware of what needs
to be done and what we can do."
Petree believes that
Guilford is going to have its
greatest year yet.
"This year Guilford
is poised to have its j
competition ever," said
Petree. "The Student
the eight week
to insure the
component is as
good as it can be."
Recycling's real impact, explained and quantified