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8 1 March 6, 2015
Students trash bud habits for Recyclemania
BY NICOLE ZELNIKER
February is an important month in the life of a Guilford
student. It is the start of second semester, Black History
Month and the first snowfall.
It is also the start of the Recyclemania competition.
“It’s a reason for us to pay attention to ways we can be
living more sustainably,” said junior and former People’s
Climate March organizer Ben Evans. “It’s a way to ...
encourage us to do more.”
As of Feb. 28, Guilford stands at 12 out of 214 schools
with a 66 percent recycling rate.
“We recycle 66 percent of our waste stream,” said
Sustainability Coordinator Bronwyn Corry. “Last year, our
percentage was 62.”
The competition itself started in 2001 at Ohio University
and Miami University as a way to encourage recycling in
the dining halls. Guilford first started competing in 2008.
The competition begins on Feb. 1 and ends on March
“We need more motivation to recycle and compost,”
said sophomore and Sustainability Coalition treasurer
Anna Lichtiger. “A lot of the reason we’re not very efficient
is because we don’t really care.
“It is a competition between schools to give people
motivation to recycle better.”
The Office of Sustainability so far has organized several
events such as the Free Home Energy Conservation
Workshop and a showing of the movie “Clean Bin Project.”
“(Throughout the movie) partners Jen and Grant go
head to head in a competition to see who can swear off
consumerism and produce the least garbage,” according
to the “Clean Bin Project” website. “Their lighthearted
competition is set against a darker examination of the
This year other groups on Guilford’s campus are getting
involved as well.
“The Friends Committee on National Legislation, a
Quaker-based political organization on Capitol Hill, is
hosting this weekend to help train college students how
to lobby,on issues the^ are jpa^si^^nate about,” said senior
Nate Secrest in an email*to' the^ §ukainability Coalition.
The new Sustainability Coalition is also ready to take
On Tuesday Feb. 24, students watched the documentary "The Clean Bin Project" in the Community Center as part of Recyclamina.
“Sustainability Coalition is just starting up,” said
Lichtiger. “We take on issues like the lack of recycling and
Guilford students do not plan on letting sustainability
efforts end with Recyclemania.
“It’s not going to make a difference if we’re not now
using those experiences,” said Evans. “It’s not over when
you ... get a victory.”
The problem for many students after Recyclemania is
lack of incentive.
“It’s hard to make people care about something if they
don’t think there’s a threat involved,” said Evans. “If no
one else is going to (help), we have to.
“This is something that’s worth caring about and worth
caring about for the good of our species.”
The Office of Sustainability has several ways to get
involved with Recyclemania, including tabling and
participating in events.
“We played a game (while tabling) where we had cutouts
of (recyclables and trash),” said Corry. “(We have) the
Hazmat event, (which found) a lot of people were trying
to recycle things that weren’t actually recyclable.”
The ultimate goal of Recyclemania is to eliminate use of
dumpsters on Guilford’s campus.
“When we don’t have a massive dumpster, we might
think twice before we throw something out of the way,”
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BY VERONICA ZAMBRANO COFFIE
Bruce B. Stewart
i n g &
Community Service Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Bruce B. Stewart
Awards named in honor of Bruce B. Stewart ’61. The Soles Family -
Bill Soles ’81 and Jan Soles Nelson ’87 - generously established and
endowed these awards at $5,000 each.
Nomination forms & selection criteria for both
awards are available in the following places:
Academic Dean's Office (King 101)
The Office of Human Resources (New Garden Hall)
The Guilford Beacon (February 20 edition)
Teaching Award nominations:
return to the Academic Dean's Office
Community Service Award nominations:
return to the Office of Human Resources.
Deadline is March 13, 2015
President Jane Fernandes will present the awards at the annual Spring Awards Ceremony on April 10.