As the spring semester kicks into full gear, North Lake College is
looking to win its third national title in the Waste Minimization
division of RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition that started
in 2001 between OU and Miami University. For two years, the
RecycleMania trophy, fondly named “Pin Man,” has been a permanent
fixture on campus, and with this year’s competition taking shape, the
college has one goal in mind, keep “Pin Man” at North Lake.
“Winning consecutive years places North Lake College in the elite
company of only a few colleges that have attained that distinction,”
says Steve Schellenberg, Assistant Director of Facilities Services and
Coordinator or RecycleMania.
Over a 10-week period from January 17 to March 27, participating schools
compete in various categories measuring the success of their recycling
and waste reduction efforts. A record number of colleges and
universities from across the United States, Canada and as far away as
Qatar are participating this year. Six hundred campuses are registered
so far, and for first time this year, North Lake will compete against
two of its sister schools, Richland College and Cedar Valley College, in
the same category.
“North Lake College has a solid waste minimization program supported by
dedicated employees and students,” says Schellenberg. “With the
additional competition in our own district, we should have better
results than last year. I think North Lake College will finish as one
of the top five colleges again this year.”
Participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly
basis. Weekly standings are posted on the RecycleMania Web site (www.recyclemaniacs.org)
for all participants to see, motivating campuses to work harder as they
aim not only for top prizes, but also to beat out 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.
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