Recyclemania at CMN

Aug 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-1: Communicating Yesterday's Stories Today, Tribal College News
By William Van Lopik

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) once again participated in the national Recyclemania competition. This is the sixth straight year that CMN has been involved in the eight-week competition.

During this time period, students commit on a daily basis to weigh all of the recyclable products the campus generates and send the results to a central location. This year, a total of 340 colleges and universities participated in the “Per Capita Classic” segment of Recyclemania. In that category, schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans on a per person basis.

CMN placed 248th in the rankings with 6.53 pounds of recyclables collected per student and staff at the college. That may seem like a low ranking, but the tribal college beat out mainstream universities such as the University of Kansas, Auburn University, and Boise State University.

Unlike many other colleges in the competition, CMN does not have dormitories, which obviously generate a lot of waste and recyclables. In 2007, CMN students collected 2,395 pounds in recyclables, while this year they collected 3,773 pounds.

The competition stimulates each campus to begin a recycling program if they do not already have one. It also provides a service learning opportunity for the students. The underlying assumption of the Recyclemania competition is that students enjoy competing with other colleges. Although CMN does not have any sports teams, the recycling team goes toe-to-toe with other colleges, seeing which can collect the most paper, cans, and bottles and divert those materials from the local landfill.

CMN has been the only tribal college to participate in this event for the last six years. It challenges its sister colleges to join in on this fun and worthwhile competition.

For information or assistance in getting involved, contact Dr. Van Lopik at wvanlopik@menominee.edu.

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