Entering into week three of an 8-week endeavor, RU Green is working to reduce waste and encourage recycling efforts on Reinhardt University’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Recyclemania kicked off Sunday, Feb. 3, and will continue through Saturday, March 29. Reinhardt is one of more than 600 Colleges competing in the contest from across the country.
Each week Zach White, horticulturist, and RU Green Program Assistants Jasmine Simmons, a junior from Dallas, Ga., and Brent Blackwell, a freshman from Canton, Ga., will measure how much trash is collected in campus dumpsters versus how much is recycled. Also, Reinhardt's dining services manager Ed Daugherty (Sodexo) and the Gordy Center staff will measure how much waste is thrown away every day during lunch and dinner. The numbers will be reported very soon, so look for more details on www.reinhardt.edu and the RU Green and Reinhardt Student Activities Facebook pages.
"We hope this contest can help us reduce our waste on campus and grow our recycling efforts,"; said White. "We plan to have 2 months of wonderful activities, and we need everyone's help and support!"
Speaker Matthew Sleeth - Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bannister Glasshouse. He is the author of several green books and an international speaker.
2014 Winter Recyclimpic Games - Wed. Feb. 26 in the Bannister Glasshouse from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Join us for a fun day of friendly competition among Reinhardt Faculty, staff and students with recyclable materials including: Bowling with Aluminum, Bottle Cap Toss, Slapshot Cardboard Hockey and much more!
Recyclemania March Madness Tournament - Sun. March 9 - Fri. March 15. This is a week-long campus-wide bracket style recycle tournament with two divisions: Soar and Captain Reinhardt. The winning team that recycles the most wins an outdoor cookout!
RU Green Trivia Night - Mon., March 17, time TBA, in the Hasty Student Life Center.
Fort Reinhardt - Thurs., March 27, setup from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and tear down from 4-6 p.m. on the Hasty Student Center Lawn.
"We are planning to have a fun day of creating a huge cardboard fort on our campus made of all cardboard material," White said. "The current world Record is 3,000 Boxes at Duke University, but we are aiming to build the biggest cardboard fort in Georgia or Cherokee County!"
Established in 2008, the sustainability initiative, RU Green, originated as a student-led effort through the Student Government Association with the support of the administration, faculty and staff. The vision of RU Green is to incorporate the concepts and practices of sustainability into the academic, administrative and daily life of Reinhardt University so the University's students, faculty and staff act as responsible stewards of the environment. RU Green is a continuing process of integration and will be accomplished through resource management, community education, and increased curricular emphasis.
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