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North Lake College Wins National RecycleMania Title for Second Time

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 country.

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

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