IRVING, Texas. 20 April, 2009 — For 10
weeks, North Lake College practiced a new set of the “three Rs” –
reduce, reuse, recycle – and scored big for the “Green Team,” finishing
first in the Waste Minimization category of the RecycleMania
competition for the second consecutive year.
“We cannot think of a better way to kick
off Earth Day than being honored for our sustainable efforts,” said Dr.
Herlinda Glasscock, President of North Lake College. “North Lake is
committed to promoting programs that challenge students and employees
to help find the balance between social, economic and environmental
priorities and serving as a role model for our community.”
From January 18 to March 28, this 10-week
challenge ignites college rivalries, rallying students, faculty and
staff to increase on-campus recycling rates beyond their collegiate
competitors. More than 69.4 million pounds of recyclables and organics
were recovered from more than 500 colleges and universities across the
The Waste Minimization category focuses
on overall waste reduction instead of just recycling. Schools compete
to see who can generate the lowest amount of total waste per capita.
North Lake averaged 1,791 pounds of recycled materials per week and
5,529 pounds of trash. This averaged to 1.09 pounds of waste per
person, per week. During the 2008 competition, North Lake averaged
1.25 pounds per person, per week – and improvement of 0.16 pounds per
week, per person.
“The students, faculty and staff of North
Lake College worked extremely hard during the 10 weeks of competition
– and continue to work hard to recycle and reduce waste throughout the
year,” said Steve Schellenberg, Assistant Director of Facilities
Services at North Lake College and advisor for the RecycleMania effort.
“It is a huge honor for us to finish first again. Since we are
competing with schools, large and small, from across the country it is a
thrill to be recognized for our efforts.”
RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a
friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to
increase recycling on their campuses. RecycleMania is administered by
the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), as a project of NRC’s College
and University Recycling Council (CURC). RecycleMania is championed by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and The
Coca-Cola Company. For complete contest background and details, visit
the RecycleMania Web site at www.recyclemaniacs.org.
North Lake College is a member of the
Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are
offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to
race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual
orientation. For more information about North Lake College or its
sustainable campus efforts, visit www.northlakecollege.edu.