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April 2009
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RecycleMania Wrap-up

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RecycleMania Wrap-up
By Maria Honey, University Services

RecycleMania Closing Ceremony
The University of Houston celebrated its accomplishments in RecycleMania during a closing ceremony at the UC Satellite on Tuesday, March 31. Students, staff members and administrators gathered to recognize the progress the campus has taken to make it more environmentally friendly.

University administrators including Dr. Khator attended to show their support of the green direction the campus took during RecycleMania. One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony was when the Green Troopers, comprised of staff from the Plant Operations department, showcased their RecycleMania cadence. “The Green Troopers displayed their passion for the RecycleMania campaign in wearing their trooper hats, marching and singing,” Wilbert Taylor, Program Coordinator for Real Estate said. “It was very exciting to me and the crowd to witness their commitment to the UH green movement.”

We’re Green Troopers
Comin’ At Ya,
With Recyclemania;
If You Don’t Recycle Trash,
We Will Be There In A Flash.

The 10-week national RecycleMania competition, which officially ended March 28, drew in 512 colleges and universities who competed to see who could collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.

But RecycleMania at UH was not only about recycling. The University's efforts encompassed all aspects of campus sustainability. During this year’s RecycleMania season, UH students, faculty members and staff enjoyed various events that encouraged green behavior on campus. Some of the events included the UH Green Commuter Fair, dedication and planting of the Campus Produce Garden, Recycling Dorm Storms, the RecycleMania Olympics and RecycleMania Art Contest.

As of week 9 of the competition (March 15 - 21), UH was in 63rd place nationally, second in Texas behind Richland College and first among ConferenceUSA schools. Currently, the RecycleMania headquarters is computing the rankings based on week 10 totals.
For RecycleMania 2009, UH has collected 252,748 pounds of mixed paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum. That is slightly over 114 metric tons of material that would otherwise be going into a landfill were it not for the University's recycling program.

Participating schools have an additional week to track and report their final weight numbers including revisions to previous weeks. The final date to submit 2009 data is Friday, April 10th. RecycleMania staff will spend the following week doing a final screening of submitted numbers before publishing the official final results on Friday, April 17th.

A big congratulations to all that participated to make RecycleMania 2009 a success.

For more information about RecycleMania at UH, visit www.uh.edu/recyclemania.


Recycling Group Contest
Twenty-four teams comprised of UH employees and student groups competed in the RecycleMania Team Contest to earn the title of “best recyclers on campus”. The Office of University Services sponsored the competition as one of several RecycleMania activities encouraging the campus to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The competition called for recycling groups to collect recyclable material including paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic each week, sort the material into different bags and deliver to the UH Recycling Department each Friday from 1 to 2 pm.

The winner of the contest was a team of University Center staff, appropriately named “Ultimate Recyclers.” The team was lead by Beverly Garcia who works as Office Coordinator for the University Center Building Services. Ms. Garcia was presented with a trophy, certificate of achievement and her team will be enjoy a delicious office luncheon.

Results of Top Ten Teams
1. Ultimate Recyclers (UC Staff) 222
2. When Blue Goes Green (UHDPS) 211
3. ASID - American Society of Interior Designers 203
4. Loan Sharks 149
5. Recycl-eye-zers (Optometry) 133
6. UH Bauer Communications Team 76
7. Environmental Club 33
8. University Services Superstars 23
9. LAS Green Team 16
10. Tiouma 10

Second and third place winners were also recognized at the RecycleMania Closing Ceremony and were presented with a certificate of achievement by Dr. Khator. They will receive prizes valued at $100 for second and $50 for third.

RecycleMania Art Contest
An exhibition of the artwork created by student during the RecycleMania Art Contest was held Tuesday, March 24 at the M.D. Anderson Library 24 hour lounge. Students, faculty and staff viewed artwork that was created from recyclables like cardboard, paper, plastic, and aluminum. One hundred and eighty-one votes were cast and the winner, with 25 percent of the votes, was Charlie Nguyen for his plastic bottle robot. Charlie, a Psychology sophomore, won a RecycleMania goody bag for his efforts including: $25 Chilis Too gift card, "Wear Your Waste flip flops" donated by Coca-Cola, plush Shasta, Coca-Cola bear, METRO Money and much more! Second place winner was Faisal Rahman with his "Oasis" artwork and third place went to Vivian Nguyen for "Nutty Alien."