RecycleMania is a nationwide competition and benchmark tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. This year, 424 schools are registered to participate, including 13 of the 14 schools in the SEC.
In 2013, participating schools recovered 90.8 million pounds of recyclable and organic waste during RecycleMania, which prevented 121,436 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, or the annual emissions equivalent from 25,299 cars.
Vols Recycle Campus Challenge
This year, UT Recycling is introducing three separate league competitions to help educate the students about living simply and the many ways we can reduce the negative impact we have on our environment, and inevitably, our health.
Resident Hall League: Teams have been created for each residence hall on Net Impact: Small Steps, Big Wins. Once residents join their hall’s team, they can earn points by logging their efforts and actions to live more simply. Residents can participate in waste reduction programs/DIY workshops hosted by their hall’s RAs, programs hosted by UT Recycling, and attend selected campus events to earn additional points. The prize for the winning hall will be a ‘Sustainable Solution’, but is yet to be determined.
Greeks Go Green League: Sororities and fraternities that choose to participate will have a team formed for them on Net Impact: Small Steps, Big Wins, where individuals can earn points for their chapter by logging their efforts and actions to live more simply. Sororities and fraternities can host waste reduction programs/DIY workshops, participate in programs hosted by UT Recycling, and attend selected campus events to earn additional points for their chapter’s team. The winning fraternity and winning sorority will each be awarded $200 towards their chapter’s philanthropy.
Student Organization League: Student organizations that choose to participate can form teams on Net Impact: Small Steps, Big Wins, where individuals can log their efforts and actions to earn points. Student organizations can host waste reduction events/programs/workshops, participate in programs hosted by UT Recycling, and attend selected campus events to earn additional points for their organization’s team. The winning student organization will be awarded $200 toward their organization’s funding.
Net Impact: Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge makes it easy for college students to “take the first steps” in making positive social and environmental impact. During the challenge, undergraduates compete while taking social and environmental actions, such as recycling, donating blood or organizing a volunteer day.