Recyclemania 2013 aids in UI sustainability initiative
IOWA CITY, IA — Over the past few years, numerous sustainability initiatives have been undertaken by the University of Iowa (UI), according to The Daily Iowan.
Those initiatives, ranging from the small blue recycling bins located inside every residence hall room to a new dishwasher and food pulper system, may help the university win a contest against more than 600 other schools, called Recyclemania, the article stated.
According to the article, Recyclemania began 12 years ago as a challenge between Ohio and Miami Universities to improve recycling participation among students, and has now blossomed into a 630-plus higher-education competition across North America with more than 7.5 million members.
UI will compete in several categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis, which produces the least amount of waste and who recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream, the article noted.
UI officials say a "60 percent sustainable campus by 2020 is of top priority with these new projects in mind," the article added.
"The University of Iowa's Vision 2020 focuses our work in sustainability to address those issues that have the most immediate impact on our carbon footprint — energy, transportation and resource management," said UI Office of Sustainability Director Liz Christiansen.
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