|Submission Date||Sept. 29, 2014|
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Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
RecycleMania: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay campus has participated in RecycleMania since 2010, in the benchmark category and waste minimization. Starting in 2012, UWGB moved into the competitive category. This national program encourages campuses to actively promote the reduction of solid waste and improvement of recycling and is a campus wide effort for students, faculty and staff. Working with Waste Management, Inc., our waste hauler, volume measurements were recorded from all dumpsters as they were emptied. These volumes were converted to weights based on standardized weights for the specific waste streams. In 2013, Waste Management provided a 'direct haul' twice during the competition. This allowed us to get actual weights on our trash and recycling which helped us to evaluate our conversion factors.
Recyclemania raised awareness and increased compliance with goals. In RecycleMania 2013, on average over a four week period, we reduced the waste sent to the landfill by 915 lbs/week and increased our recycling by 522 lbs/week.
Energy Conservation efforts: An energy conservation competition was held each semester in the 2010-2011 academic year at the University’s 24 residence halls. The fall contest theme was “Think. Act. Save. Conserve.” For the competition, students created promotional posters for all residence halls. In addition, the Residential Advisors were provided with quick fact posters about energy and the related economic and environmental impact. E-mails were sent out weekly to residents that provided simple examples of how to save both energy and water. Two graduate students held an informational presentation to the Resident Hall Advisors Association on water conservation methods. The winning residence hall’s occupants won a biodegradable travel coffee mug.
In the Spring semester, the Energy Conservation Corps members educated students about the easy ways they can reduce their energy consumption on campus and they also conducted a light bulb swap, replacing incandescent light bulbs with the more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. An e-waste recycling opportunity was also provided.
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