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North Lake College Participates In RecycleMania

North Lake College is participating in the 2008 RecycleMania competition with over 400 other colleges and universities across the United States. RecyleMania is a friendly ten-week competition among college and university recycling programs that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity to promote waste reduction. The national competition ends on April 5, 2008.

Each week, the standings are posted online for all participants to see, motivating campuses to work harder as they aim not only for prizes, but to beat out their rival schools. Currently, North Lake is in first place in the Waste Minimization category of the competition. This category focuses on overall waste reduction. Schools compete to see who can generate the lowest amount of total waste per capita, which includes both trash and recycling.

Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, President of North Lake, signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. By signing the agreement, the presidents commit to taking several steps toward environmental sustainability, including performing an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and incorporating climate neutrality into the curriculum. Dr. Glasscock says, “Our commitment to sustainability is one of the goals of the college’s 2007-2010 Strategic Plan. We are committed to working towards sustainability not only within the college but with our community.” The college’s Green Campus team includes staff, faculty and student representatives from Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Environmental Club.

RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and is coordinated as a project of NRC’s College and University Recycling Council. The Coca-Cola Company is a major sponsor.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For more information about RecycleMania, call Steve Schellenberg at 972-273-3177.