College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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an important role in that effort. For many, Ohio Stadium is the gateway to Ohio State. We saw a zero-waste effort at Ohio Stadium as a great way to educate the campus and campus community about recycling efforts and sustainability." Thus, he describes a program that, like the tone of the RecycleMania project, links recycling and school spirit. As Hawkey says, "I believe that sustainability and recycling efforts that focus on Buckeye Pride, environmental concerns, and doing the right thing for our communities gain a lot of traction." CU-Boulder, on the other hand, instituted in 2008 "a zerowaste and carbon-reduction program for football games at Folsom Field stadium." The program, the institution also indicates, has expanded out to encompass other venues on campus. Gaining Recognition In another tack, the CU-Boulder campus also won the Sierra Club's 2010 award as the nation's "coolest school," an annual rating that in 2012 had the following as its top three choices: University of California, Davis (UC Davis); Georgia Institute of Technology for sustainability education and dining hall initiatives; and Stanford University, for its campus farming, among other steps for the schools. In 2011, the University of Washington's LEED Gold building program and Green Mountain College's agricultural manure to biogas initiative were among those recognized by Sierra. The winning edge for UC Davis in 2012, according to the Sierra Club: being "over-the-top thorough about all the nitty-gritty aspects of good stewardship. Lots of time and money go toward a well-rounded set of efforts, including being vigilant about using the school's purchasing power for good, diverting around 70 percent of its trash from landfi lls." Also lauded by the Sierra Club: a bicycling culture and planned zero-net-energy student residences on that campus. Such examples can spur ideas across campuses, as can the work of another organization, the College & University Recycling Coalition (, among those with detailed resources about — among other things of interest to greening campuses — athletic venue recycling guidelines, composting programs, and how to measure and verify related performance. An Eye to Dining Services One trend, according to Cooley: "More and more dining services trying to capture what's being thrown out. A lot of campuses have collection programs that capture food waste and are now turning to the prevention side, such as removing trays from buffets, and just using plates." He explains that the move fosters, in part, less food consumed and less waste produced. Cooley says that there's also a gathering focus on the back of the house; in other words, on food waste generated from the preparation process. Auditing food production and weighing quantities of leftovers, for example, can help calibrate production methods and CRAZY FOR RECYCLING. Computers and other electronics were among the many items dropped off for recycling at Drexel UniversityÕs RecycleMania 2012 collection event. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Electronics was added as a new category for RecycleMania in 2012. volumes of different foods, in order to eliminate waste. "Campuses are seeking to improve organics recycling from dining facilities," OSU's Hawkey says. He singles out an organic diversion effort on his campus: "At several of our major dining Meet Higher Standards for Rooftop Safety Railings UÊ Ê UÊ Ê UÊ UÊ UÊ iiÕ>À`®Ê«iÀ>iÌÊv>Ê«ÀÌiVÌÊÃÞÃÌiÃÊvÀÊy>ÌÊÀÊÜÊ Ã«i`ÊÀvà ÃÌ>ÊÜÌÕÌÊÜi`}]Ê`À}ÊÀÊ«iiÌÀ>Ì}ÊÌiÊÀvÊÊ Ê iLÀ>i `i ÃÊ> à Ê>Û> >L iÊv ÀÊÃ Þ } ÌÃ]Ê >ÌV iÃ]ÊÃÌ> ÀÃÊ> `ÊÜ> Ü>Þà `Õ >ÀÊ`ià } ÊÌ ÊwÌÊÛ ÀÌÕ> ÞÊ> ÞÊÀ vÊV w}ÕÀ>Ì > Û> âi`Êv ÀÊV ÀÀ à Àià ÃÌ> Vi Kee Safety, Inc., Buffalo, NY > Ê£näänx£x£n£ÊUÊ6ÃÌÊÜÜÜ°iiÕ>À`°V Safety at the Highest LevelSM JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 59

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