(IRVING) — As the Spring semester gets into full
swing, the buzz around North Lake College turns to trash. The college is
measuring its waste for RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition
that started in 2001 between OU and Miami University, and now
includes more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide. North Lake
was the national winner of the 2008 Waste Minimization competition,
taking the trophy from 2007 champs, University of Texas at Austin.
The Irving college hopes to take the prize again in 2009.
Over a 10-week period from January 18 to March 28,
participating schools compete in various categories measuring the
success of their recycling and waste prevention efforts. This year's
510 participating schools, the most in the competition's history,
represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as
first-time institutions from outside the United States.
Participating schools are required to report
measurements on a weekly basis. Weekly standings are posted on the
RecycleMania Web site (www.recyclmaniacs.org) for all participants to
see, motivating campuses to work harder as they aim not only for the
top prizes, but also to beat out their own rival schools.
North Lake’s participation in RecycleMania is
part of a broader strategy to raise environmental awareness and
encourage sustainable practices across the campus. In 2007, North Lake
President Dr. Herlinda Glasscock signed the American College and
University Presidents Climate Commitment, a high-visibility effort to
address global warming. Over the last several years, the college has
been putting initiatives in place to support this commitment.
“RecycleMania is a wonderful way for us to spotlight
the great work we are doing at North Lake with regard to
sustainability,” says Christa Slejko, Vice President of Business
Services and North Lake’s sustainability officer. “We take our
opportunity and commitment to serving as a role model for our students
and local community very seriously. Participating in the RecycleMania
competition allows us to measure our accomplishments against our
peers. Winning is just the icing on the cake, and it tells us we're on
the right track!”
To find out more about North Lakes sustainable efforts and RecycleMania standings at: www.northlakecollege.edu/sustainability.