March 10, 2009

Case Western Reserve Leads RecycleMania Category
Two Weeks in a Row

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For the second week in a row, Case Western Reserve University earned first place among University Athletic Association schools participating in RecycleMania's Waste Minimization category.

"We're doing a great job! Please keep encouraging your colleagues, friends, students and faculty to get into the game," said Linda Robson, campus planning and operations fellow.

Case Western Reserve ranked No. 1 for Week 5 with a cumulative average of 22.79 pounds per person. In the Waste Minimization category, schools compete to see which produce the least amount of municipal solid waste (including recyclables and trash) per person. Case Western Reserve's numbers topped Carnegie Mellon University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Brandeis and Emory universities.

In the overall RecycleMania competition, Case Western Reserve ranked 90th out of 146 schools participating in the Waste Minimization category. In the Per Capita Classic competition, Case Western Reserve ranks No. 4 among University Athletic Association schools competing in this category and 102nd out of all 288 schools.

This is Case Western Reserve's first year of participation in RecycleMania. The annual friendly competition among colleges and universities around the country concludes Saturday, March 28. The 10-week event pits schools against each other to see which ones can motivate their campus communities to recycle more and reduce overall waste.

University's Food Service Provider Featured in New Documentary

In related sustainability news, Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food and dining services at Case Western Reserve, is featured in Poly Cultures: Food Where We Live, premiering at the Cleveland International Film Festival this month. Poly Cultures takes a look at many interdependent elements that make up a more diverse, healthy and sustainable food system in Northeast Ohio.

The filmmakers, Tom Kondilas and David Pearl, are Case Western Reserve alumni.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, March 10, 2009 10:51 AM | News Topics: Environment, Faculty, Staff, Students, news, sustainability

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