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RecycleMania Update- Parks Tower in the Lead!

Carrying e-waste to be recycled at our recycling event. Photo courtesy of The Independent Collegian.

As we wind down with RecycleMania, we are currently in our last week, I’d like to let you all know how our last e-waste recycling event went. We held a second event back by popular demand a few weeks ago and collected 2,310 pounds. Only a fraction of the first week, but we still saw it as a success, especially since it was so close to the last event and so cold outside! Any e-waste that we can recycle and keep out of the landfill we see as a win.

As far as the Residence Hall competition, at the end of Week 7 last week Parks Tower was in the lead with recycling 3.21 pounds per person! Parks Tower is followed by I-House in second with 2.89 pounds per person and Carter Hall East & West in third with 2.77 pounds. But don’t think it is over, because Academic House is right behind Carter. It could go anyway and almost any residence hall could come out on top. So residents, make sure you keep recycling and help your hall win! You have until Saturday to contribute to the weight!The country-wide competition results are posted much slower than our internal competition. So as of Week 6, this was UT’s standings.

  • Gorilla Division (overall recycling): MAC Ranking: 5th Place | Competition Ranking: 108th
  • Paper: MAC Ranking: 1st place | Competition Ranking: 39th
  • Corrugated Cardboard: MAC Ranking: 3rd place | Competition Ranking: 82nd
  • Bottles & Cans: MAC Ranking: 3rd Place | Competition Ranking: 114th

And on a different note, please remember and take a few minutes to fill out our Green Office survey here! It will really help us gain the necessary knowledge so that we can launch our Green Office Certification Program!

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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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