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Go Green @ Miami: RecycleMania and CCN updates
The RecycleMania competition includes everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff. Smith encourages the Miami community to keep current with RecycleMania updates and other sustainability events at the Sustainability at Miami Facebook page.
Smith reports, based on Miami’s RecyleMania week two results:
Top recycling residence halls:
1. Wells: 4.93 pounds per student
2. Clawson: 3.88 pounds per student
3. Stoddard: 3.28 pounds per student
4. McCracken Hall: 3.24 pounds per student
Top recycling state and academic buildings:
1.Shriver Center: 17,250 pounds
2. King Library: 2,667 pounds
3. Roudebush Hall: 1,020 pounds
4. Campus Avenue Building: 946 pounds
There are many missed opportunities for recycling on campus, say Smith and Yvette Kline, director of sustainability and energy conservation: recent trash audits (see sidebar) show that about 30 percent of recyclables end up in the trash.
• Only items placed in the marked bins are recycled; refer to the “Recycle Right” flyer (below) for the types of bottles, cans, paper, and corrugated cardboard that can be recycled at Miami.
Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition: energy and water conservation
Miami is also participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition, a nationwide competition to see which residence hall can conserve the most water and electricity during a three-week period. According to Anthony Ferraro, energy management engineer, 20 of the 35 residence halls have reduced their electric usage and 13 of 35 have reduced their water usage, though final results are not yet available.
“Miami is going beyond just competing in Recylemania and the Campus Conservation Nationals, we're on the road to making sustainability a winning culture: one contest at time,” said David Prytherch, sustainability coordinator.
Go Green @ Miami Events
The Go Green @ Miami PlayBook lists a 10-week series of fun, free events at various dining centers highlighting “Actions of the Week” that students and others can take towards creating a culture of sustainability on campus.
Events include entertainment, information and prizes focusing on a different action each week and are held most Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m., through April 17.
“Even though CCN is just a three week contest, I’ve been keeping an eye on its dashboard to check for effects local to our Playbook events. The event themes during CCN were selected to focus on water and electricity conservation,” Kline said.
“We love to see people attend the events, to actually feel the heat of an incandescent vs. a cfl light, but for those who can’t make it, we’ve been posting some fun videos on the Sustainability at Miami Facebook page."