Reinhardt University Green (RU Green) is organizing a Recyclemania competition on campus for the fourth consecutive year to promote and assist in recycling efforts on campus. RU Green Student Program assistants will work each week emptying the recycling bins on campus, and various events will be held throughout the eight-week competition, which begins Monday, Feb. 6, at 8:00 a.m. The scheduled events are as follows:
- February– RU Green and the Developing, Rational, Empowered, African-Americans, Motivating, Society (D.R.E.A.M.S.) are partnering for Black History Month to put on an event on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Glasshouse, to hear from a local Atlanta farmer and watch the documentary movie “Growing Cities.” This movie is about two friends who travel across the country to interview leaders in urban agriculture and learn more about how cities are being revitalized by urban farming. The movie night is free to Reinhardt students, faculty, staff and community. Free food and drinks will be provided.
- March– RU Green is organizing the Community Paper Shredding and Recycling Day on Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the commuter parking lot. The event will provide free paper shredding and use of the RU Green single stream recycle dumpster.
- April– RU Green is holding the Recyclimpic Games on Thursday, April 6, at the Spring Day events on campus, which will include aluminum can bowling, a paper airplane toss and a paper basketball shooting contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Reinhardt University Horticulturist and RU Green Program Coordinator, Zach White, shares his appreciation for the support RU Green has received from the Reinhardt community during previous Recyclemania efforts.
“We have gotten wonderful support at RU Green events and Recyclemania from Reinhardt University students, faculty and staff,” said White. “Last year, we recycled 10,040 pounds during the eight-week competition on campus. Overall, in the last three years, we have recycled over 45,000 pounds of material during the Recyclemania competitions. RU Green has set a goal for 2017 to recycle 15,000 pounds on campus during the contest. I think these numbers are amazing and they show the wonderful stewardship of our campus by the Reinhardt Community.”
White also urges Reinhardt students to get involved.
“Students should get involved because Recyclemania is a wonderful contest that promotes environmental stewardship across our campus,” said White.
Senior sports studies major, Alex Suciu, is among the students who have been involved with RU Green.
“I got involved with RU Green through some of the events on campus when I was a freshman,” said Suciu. “I was quite shocked with the amount of support we received from the students last year. I am participating this year and I hope to see the same kind of support this year as well.”
Those who are interested in getting involved in RU Green can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Adria Mulrooney