February 02, 2011

Plastic bottles collected from across campus are prepared for weighing and recycling.

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University residence halls are going toe to toe in the next few weeks to see who can recycle the most paper, plastic, glass and aluminum and who can conserve the most electrical energy.

It's actually two campus competitions — recycling and energy conservation — within one national competition, said Ali Blumenstock, an environmental studies senior.

As Bucknell competes against other schools in the 11th annual Recyclemania, a friendly 10-week competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities, most Bucknell halls will be competing against each other for environmental bragging rights — and prizes.

Prizes for winning hall
"The hall with the greatest per capita recycling weight over three weeks will win spring concert or Chrysalis tickets for each resident. That's a pretty awesome deal," said Blumenstock of the recycling competition, which goes from Jan. 31 to Feb. 18. The hall with the greatest percent reduction in energy use from Feb. 21 to March 14 will win a 42-inch flat-screen TV or a prize of an equivalent value as well as a hall trophy to defend in future competitions.

During the recycling competition, students will bring goods for recycling to their respective resident assistant's office for weighing and recording. The resident assistants will submit the tallies to Grant Hoover, assistant director of residential education, who will then publish weekly results in the University's Message Center.

For the power conservation competition, energy savings will be tallied against a base week as measured by the hall power meters.

Greening initiatives
"What we're trying to do is bring greening initiatives to our residential halls," said Blumenstock. "We had a kick-off event Friday and we had a really great response."

The competitions are being sponsored by the Residence Life, Bucknell Dining, the Bucknell University Environmental Center, Facilities and the Bucknell Environmental Club.

Contact: Division of Communications

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