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Southwestern College Wins Award in RecycleMania Contest

Over the past two months, Southwestern College competed with more than 390 colleges and universities in a tournament measured not in three pointers or foul shots, but in pounds of material recycled and composted. The RecycleMania Tournament harnesses the competitive energy of sports rivalries to engage students in increasing recycling and waste reduction on campuses nationwide. 

Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2015 Electronics Recycling “E-cyclemania” competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

“Recycling electronics is a tremendous need in our region,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Thanks to the success of our collection events the past two years, we were able to broaden the scope of our efforts this spring. In February, with the help of the City of Winfield, the City of Arkansas City, Grace United Methodist Church, and the ACES student group from Cowley College, we conducted electronics recycling collection events in Arkansas City and Winfield. The two communities recycled over 16,000 pounds of electronics total.”

Southwestern participated in the eight-week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the Feb. 1 kickoff and the final recycling weigh-in on March 28, competing schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars.

Competing colleges and universities are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect over two months. 
The 394 schools participating enrolled 4.5 million students, with the American contingent representing nearly one in five U.S. college students.  The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautifully vibrant communities.

Complete results for all categories can be found at http://recyclemania.org, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state, and other groupings. The national winners of each category are recognized with an award made from recycled materials. 

 “RecycleMania took the competition to a new level in our 15th anniversary year,” said Stacy Wheeler, president and co-founder of RecycleMania, Inc.  “We are thrilled with the increased engagement around waste reduction and recycling spurred by 3R Actions, the new digital and social component of the RecycleMania Tournament.”   

 “We know that competition is a significant motivator,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is proud to encourage recycling among young leaders through the RecycleMania program. Congratulations to all the participants making a difference in their campus communities.” 

The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company.

“The students and universities participating in RecycleMania continue to drive impactful change by significantly reducing waste in hundreds of communities,” said Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation.  “Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation congratulate this year’s winners and participants on their remarkable efforts to promote recycling.”  

 

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