RecycleMania Results: Montgomery Excels in Waste Minimization

RM_logo_2013by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College  finished the national 2014 RecycleMania competition with some promising numbers.

For the second consecutive year, the College placed second among all higher education institutions in Pennsylvania in the competition’s Waste Minimization category, collecting 17.248 pounds of combined trash and recycling per capita. Nationally, MCCC ranked 11th in Waste Minimization among public two-year colleges and 22nd overall.

In the Per Capita Classic category, MCCC finished ninth among public two-year institutions nationally, with 4.658 pounds of recycling per capita. This positioned the College as 20th in Pennsylvania and 279th overall.

In the Grand Champion category, MCCC scored a 27.002 percent cumulative recycling rate, positioning it eighth in Pennsylvania, 14th among public two-year institutions, and 142nd overall.

Montgomery collected a cumulative 37,390 pounds of recycling—an eight percent increase over 2013, ranking it 11th among public two-year institutions nationally, 14th in Pennsylvania, and 249th overall in the Gorilla Prize category

RecycleMania is an eight-week nationwide competition, held Feb. 2 through March 29, during which colleges and universities competed to see who could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. MCCC has participated for seven consecutive years.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), MCCC’s recycling efforts during the competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which is translates to the energy consumption of five households or the emissions of 12 cars.

MCCC was among the first institutions in the country to sign American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The College’s sustainability efforts are led by a team of faculty, students, administrators, support staff, alumni and community members that comprise the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council.

To learn more about the College’s Sustainability Initiative, visit its Think Green blog.

To learn more about RecycleMania or to view the full list of results, visit recyclemaniacs.org.

College Gears Up for 2014 RecycleMania Tournament

RM_logo_2013by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will once again take part in RecycleMania, a nationwide tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

After finishing second in Pennsylvania in the Waste Minimization category during the 2013 challenge – collecting 15.292 pounds of combined trash and recycling per capita – MCCC expects to maintain momentum in this, its seventh consecutive year of competing.

Pre-season practice weeks are held from Jan. 19-Feb. 1. Then, the official competition kicks off on Feb. 2 and extends eight weeks to March 29.

During the program, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, thelargest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate. Final results will be announced on April 11.

In 2013, 523 colleges comprising 3.5 million staff and students recycled and/or composted 90.8 million pounds of waste.  In addition, Recyclemania 2013 resulted in a reduction of 121,436 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E).  Of the totals, MCCC contributed 34,132 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.252 pounds of recycling per person each week.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), MCCC’s recycling efforts during the competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 48 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which translates to the energy consumption of four households or the emissions of nine cars.

RecycleMania is made possible through the sponsorship support of Alcoa, SCAThe Coca Cola Company, Keep America Beautiful, and the American Forest & Paper Association. Additional program support is provided by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise programCampus Conservation Nationals, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program.

Check out MCCC’s Think Green blog at mc3green.wordpress.com for RecycleMania stats and updates.

To learn more about the RecycleMania 2014 competition, visit recyclemaniacs.org.

RecycleMania: The Results Are In!

by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

RM_logo_2013Montgomery County Community College  finished the national 2013 RecycleMania competition with some promising numbers!

The College placed 2nd among all higher education institutions in Pennsylvania in the competition’s Waste Minimization category, collecting 15.292 lbs. of combined trash and recycling per capita. Nationally, this ranked MCCC 17th in Waste Minimization among public two-year colleges and 25th overall.

In the Per Capita Classic category, the College finished 12th among public two-year institutions nationally, with 4.252 lbs. of recycling per capita, positioning it as 20th in PA and 303rd overall.

In the Grand Champion category, MCCC scored a 27.803% cumulative recycling rate, positioning it 9th in PA, 17th among public two-year institutions, and 143rd overall.

Overall, the College collected a cumulative 34,132 lbs. of recycling over the eight-week competition, ranking it 14th among public two-year institutions nationally, 18th in PA, and 271st overall in the Gorilla Prize category

RecycleMania is an eight-week nationwide competition, held Feb. 3 through March 30, during which colleges and universities competed to see who could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. Montgomery County Community College has participated for six consecutive years.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), MCCC’s recycling efforts during the competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 48 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which is translates to the energy consumption of four households or the emissions of nine cars.

To learn more about RecycleMania or to view the full list of results, visit recyclemaniacs.org.

RecycleMania Update: Weeks 1-3

RM_logo_2013After week 3 in the national RecycleMania competition, Montgomery County Community College is ranked 16th in the country (out of 154) in the Waste Minimization category, with 4.65 lbs. of combined trash and recycling per capita; 81st (out of 250) in the Grand Champion category, with a 36.955% recycling rate; 236th (out of 331) in the Gorilla Prize category, with 13,722 lbs. of recycling; and 261st (out of 325) in the Per Capita Classic category, with 1.709 lbs. of recycling per capita.

Colleges Gear Up for 2013 RecycleMania Tournament

by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent

RM_logo_2013Montgomery County Community College will once again take part in RecycleMania, a nationwide tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.  After finishing third in Pennsylvania—with a cumulative recycling rate of 34.85% in the 2012 challenge—the College expects to maintain momentum in this, its sixth consecutive year of competing.

The preseason practice weeks run from Jan. 20-Feb. 2. The official competition kicks off on Feb. 3 and extends eight weeks to March 30.

Over a 10 week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate.

In 2012, 605 colleges comprising 6.2 million staff and students recycled and/or composted 94.4 million pounds of waste.  In addition, Recyclemania 2012 resulted in a 148,897 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E) .  Of the totals, MCCC contributed 39,780 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.9 pounds of recycling per person each week.  These efforts resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 35 MTCO2E.

RecycleMania is made possible through the sponsorship support of The Coca Cola Company, SCAAmerican Forest & Paper Association, Alcoa and Keep America Beautiful.

Additional program support is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program, College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Campus Conservation Nationals and the United Negro College Fund.

Stay tuned to the College’s Think Green blog for weekly RecycleMania stats and updates.

Central, West Campuses Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day

by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent

For the third consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College celebrated National Campus Sustainability Day activities at its Central Campus in Blue Bell (Oct. 17) and West Campus in Pottstown (Oct. 24).

The events aimed to disseminate information regarding the College’s sustainability efforts. The following aspects were highlighted:

  • The Athletic Department, in partnership with the Office of Student Leadership, started its annual food drive early, with Women’s Basketball Coach Kelly Donahue and student-athlete Danielle Lillo collecting non-perishable food items.
  • Carissa Bobenchik of GVF offered Bike Maps for the Philadelphia region, SEPTA routes, and other sustainable transportation information; GVF manages the Campus Shuttle.
  • Custodial Services displayed many of the “green” products it uses, including paper products which contain recycled content and environmentally-friendly chemicals for cleaning.
  • Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore had gave away coupons good for two free cups of coffee with the purchase of any sustainable item, which include coffee and travel mugs, water bottles, notebooks with recycled paper, and Champion brand “eco-sweatshirts” made of up to 5% recycled polyester.  The coffee coupons are printed on wildflower-seeded paper which can be planted.
  • At the Central Campus, students set up by the Morris Road lot measured drivers’ tire pressure.  According to fueleconomy.gov, keeping tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage by 3.3%, or equivalent gasoline savings of up to $0.11 per gallon.
  • The ACE Club’s poster presentation (Central Campus) artfully depicted the College’s dedication to sustainability, including:
  • The Environmental Club, the College’s newest student-run club at the Central Campus was on hand to recruit new members and inform the public of upcoming activities.  On Sunday, Oct. 28, ACE Club and Environmental Club will participate in Cresheim Creek Planting Day.  Also, many will join professor Jerry Coleman at Pennypack Farm on Friday, Nov. 2 to learn about sustainable farming.  Those interested should contact ACE Club President John Stalker at acemc3.1213@gmail.com or EC President Sara Calcinore at scalcinore2620@students.mc3.edu.
  • At the West Campus, Student Government Association members, Student Leadership & Involvement volunteers, and IT staff members joined GVF and Mustangs Athletics in providing information.

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RecycleMania Results: Campuses Ranked 3rd in PA!

by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College finished third in Pennsylvania for its cumulative recycling rate of 34.85 percent during the 2012 RecycleMania Tournament.

During the eight-week nationwide competition, held Feb. 5 through April 6, colleges and universities competed to see who could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste.

After participating in the tournament’s Benchmark Division for the previous four years, the College fared well in its first year of qualifying for RecycleMania’s Competition Division. In addition to being ranked third in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County Community College placed 17th among community colleges nationwide, and ranked 87th overall among the 265 competing schools.

In addition, the College ranked 18th nationally in the Waste Minimization category, which measures the pounds of municipal solid waste (both trash and recyclables) generated per person on campus.

During the tournament, the College’s Central and West campuses generated a total of 39,780 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.9 pounds of recycling per person each week. These efforts resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 35 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which is equivalent to the energy consumption of nine households or the emissions of 19 cars.

Montgomery County Community College was among the first institutions to sign American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The College’s sustainability efforts are led by a team of faculty, students, administrators, support staff, alumni and community members that comprise the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council.

In recognition of its deep commitment to sustainability, Montgomery County Community College was one of only five institutions in the country to earn a 2011 Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership from Second Nature. The College was also nationally profiled this month as part of ACUPCC’s “Celebrating Sustainability” series leading up to Earth Day.

To learn more about Recyclemania or to view the full list of results, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org.