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RecycleMania Begins!

Sunday February 3rd marked the beginning of RecycleMania 2013. RecycleMania is a friendly eight week recycling competition that involves colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. On campus, there is a Residential Hall competition, as well as a school wide competition against the other schools. The competition will run through March 30th.

Items counted in this competition include electronics, office paper, magazines, aluminum, and plastics. At the close of each week, UT submits the amount of collected recycling and we are then ranked in various categories, such as who recycles the most and who has the highest recycling per capita. The winning schools are showcased in a national press release and given an award that’s made out of 100% recyclable materials. UT’s winning hall also gets a prize!
The first RecycleMania took place in 2001 and was between Ohio University and Miami University. In 2012, the number of competing schools shot up from two to about 630; that’s a lot of recycling! UT’s first event was held in 2010.

Caroline Beck, UT’s RecycleMania intern is working with Residence Life, Athletics, and Marketing to make RM successful. She is also working with student organizations including Student Government, Medical Student Council, and Resident Student Association to put on recycling related events.
In last year’s Residential Hall competition, the goal was to see which hall could recycle more. In order to even the playing field between large and small halls, the goal this year is to see which hall can recycle the most per resident. Last year’s results were as follows:

1st Place – Ottawa East/West
2nd Place – Carter East/West
3rd Place – Parks Towers
4th Place – The Crossings
5th Place – A House
6th Place – I House
7th Place – MacKinnon
8th Place – The Quad
9th Place – Greek Village

Over 230,000 pounds of recyclable materials were recycled last year! Let’s beat it this year!

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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