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Talkin' Trash at North Lake College

(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.