Antioch University Seattle Wins Second Place in RecycleMania 2012

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For the second year in a row, Antioch University Seattle has placed second in the Competition Division of the national RecycleMania competition.

“Our Antioch Seattle community looks forward to RecycleMania,” said President Cassandra Manuelito-Kirkvliet. “It’s one of our many efforts to sustain the environmental vitality of our region. Recycling is part of who we are.”

For the second year in a row, Antioch University Seattle has placed second in the Competition Division of the national RecycleMania competition.

RecycleMania is a nation-wide, friendly competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week.

Schools participating in the elite Competition Division, such as Antioch University Seattle, are included in the formal competition rankings. These schools are required to participate with their entire campus and to track and report their weight data according to exacting standards.

“Our Antioch Seattle community looks forward to RecycleMania,” said President Cassandra Manuelito-Kirkvliet. “It’s one of our many efforts to sustain the environmental vitality of our region. Recycling is part of who we are.”

Antioch University Seattle had an impressive overall recycling rate of 83.72% and was narrowly defeated by American University in Washington D.C. which had an 85.16% rate. Antioch University Seattle has achieved higher recycling rates each year due to a university-wide commitment to sustainability and working toward becoming a zero waste facility. The university recently eliminated 200 trash bags per day going to the landfill and recycles the same amount of material as 22 average single-family homes.

“This is our third year competing in RecycleMania,” said Facilities Director Michael Johnson. “Each year we’ve increased our recycling rate because of the strong support from students, faculty and staff, and we’ll continue to look for ways to reduce our waste stream.”

More than 600 colleges and universities competed in the 2012 RecycleMania event, including Harvard University, Duke University and the College of William and Mary. Other Washington state schools in the 2012 RecycleMania Competition Division include Western Washington University, Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran University.

For additional information on Antioch University Seattle’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit http://www.antiochseattle.edu and for more information on RecycleMania 2012, visit http://www.recyclemaniacs.org.

For more information on Antioch University Seattle, please contact Dan Klusman, Northwest Insight at 206-714-7473 or dan(at)northwestinsight(dot)com.

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