College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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Business PHOTOS COURTESY OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY MANAGING HIGHER ED Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Colleges and universities are frmly on the recycling bandwagon, fnding ways to reduce waste materials from all areas of campus operations. BY SCOT T BER MAN M AKING ATHLETIC EVENTS greener, harnessing campus competitiveness, using software to reduce food waste, turning agricultural manure into biogas, devising savvy marketing — you name it, universities and activists are doing it. And those are only a few examples of advancing efforts to take campus recycling initiatives nationwide to the next level and beyond. Noteworthy programs are activating students and staff from coast to coast. To take just a few of the many examples, the GrassRoots Recycling Network (grrn.org), an organization actively promoting recycling 58 and waste reduction, describes exemplary programs on campuses, including the University of Wisconsin's SWAP Program, a waste reduction and reuse initiative at Rice University, the University of Oregon's reuse exchange, and a surplus management program at Arizona State University. A Growing Effort It's just a hint of the variety. Yet, one of the patterns that emerges: "A lot of campuses have had recycling programs for years, but now, campuses are reaching for the higher-hanging fruit," according to Alec Cooley, program manager of RecycleMania COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 (recyclemaniacs.org), which runs campus recycling competitions. Some of the most interesting varieties are at campus athletic events. Athletic programs, for example, are working with concessionaires on waste recovery programs, and The Ohio State University (OSU) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CUBoulder) are just two of the leaders in this area, Cooley indicates. As OSU's sustainability coordinator, Corey J. Hawkey tells College Planning & Management, "We are making a concerted effort to expand sustainability across campus while ensuring that Athletics plays WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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