Iowa aims for 1st place conference finish at RecycleMania 2015


Herky and several University of Iowa students march around campus to promote RecycleMania 2015. (UI Office of Sustainability)
Herky and other University of Iowa students march around campus to promote RecycleMania. (UI Office of Sustainability)

Nick Fetty | February 3, 2015

After placing second in the Big Ten last year, the University of Iowa is aiming to take the conference’s number one spot in the RecycleMania 2015 challenge.

RecycleMania 2015 kicked off on February 1 and will continue through March 28. The eight-week event aims to educate students and other members of the University of Iowa community about the importance of recycling. Participants are encouraged to fill out the RecycleMania Pledge and Quiz to be entered to win weekly prize packages including a RecycleMania mug, lunch container, tote bag, and New Pioneer Co-op snacks.

RecycleMania is part of a nationwide program that began in 2001 between Ohio University and Miami University (Ohio). Since its inception, millions of students from 727 colleges and universities have recycled and composted more than 650 million pounds of material during the tournament’s time-frame.

Competing schools are critiqued on amount of trash and recyclable items collected divided per capita as well as  “which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.” Last year, Purdue University had the highest recycling rate in the Big Ten at 39.4 percent followed by Iowa with 34 percent. Iowa finished 5th in the conference in 2013.

Nearly 400 colleges and universities around the country are participating in this year’s event. The state of Iowa has three institutions in this year’s tournament: The University of Iowa, Loras College, and Wartburg College.

Happy Earth Day!


Photo by Cornelia Kopp; Flickr.
Photo by Cornelia Kopp; Flickr.

How are you celebrating Earth Day 2014?

Apple is flaunting a new video, “Better,” that emphasizes the company’s commitment to going green. The video introduces a new electronic recycling program, where customers can take any old Apple product to any Apple store (or send it in the mail) and the company will either give money back  to you or properly recycle the product to keep it out of landfills.

In the Des Moines Register’s Iowa View, Tom Brooks suggests making the switch to biofuels. Biofuels are renewable, sustainable, and are produced locally as well for a great way to promote Iowa jobs as well as our environment.

Or, take your plastic bags to the Iowa City Ped Mall between noon and 4 p.m. for the Reusable Bag Campaign, by the UI Environmental Coalition. Reusable bags will be handed out in exchange!

For more information on Earth Day and how you can participate, click here.

On the Radio: Environmentally friendly spring cleaning


Photo by Katie Earley, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests environmentally friendly tips for spring cleaning.

Getting ready for spring cleaning? This year, take measures to clean you home without dirtying the environment.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Environmental e-waste disposal


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests environmentally friendly options for e-waste disposal.

No longer want your old computer? Neither does your local landfill.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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