(April 17, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) had another record-setting year in the 10-week RecycleMania national intercollegiate competition, placing 19th out of 256 participating colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and third out of 12 schools in Texas. Both rankings were in the Competition Division -- Grand Champion category.
"We are proud of this ranking because it shows how serious the UTSA community takes recycling and waste reduction," said Richard M. Garza, UTSA environmental and construction safety manager. "Our students, faculty and staff continue to surprise us with their interest and support for this program."
For the seventh year, UTSA participated in RecycleMania, which ran Jan. 19-March 29. The goal for each of the universities and colleges in the competition was to recycle the most pounds of recyclables per capita.
This year, UTSA recorded 290,595 pounds of material recycled over the course of the 10-week contest. In total, UTSA recycled 55.6 percent of all waste generated across its campuses. This enabled UTSA to place 24th in the waste minimization category for generating only 18.2 pounds of trash per person during the contest.
This success was largely due to the mini trash bin program the university implemented within the past year. Designed to make each individual aware of and responsible for the waste he or she generates, a small trash receptacle is attached to each employee's larger personal recycling bin.
The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school's recycling rate as a percentage of its overall recycled materials to total solid waste generation. To be ranked in this category, schools must provide the sponsors with their trash and recyclable paper, cardboard, can and bottle weights.
The winner has the highest-percentage recycling rate, which means that they not only have reduced trash disposal through waste prevention, but also have a strong recycling program for the acceptable materials.
In last year's competition, UTSA ranked 27th among 274 colleges and universities, by gathering 249,678 pounds of recyclable materials. This year's results mark a 16 percent increase over last year. Additionally, UTSA placed third in Texas, just behind Richland College and Lone Star College-Kingwood.
>> Think before you throw away items that can be recycled. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles and Styrofoam food containers (take-out trays and cups). Exceptions include items such as food, liquids, used napkins and facial tissues, coffee grounds and Styrofoam formed packing. Everything else goes in the blue recycling bins across the campuses.
For more information, visit UTSA Recycling online.
As part of the International Cooking Series, the experts in the UTSA Demo Kitchen will show you how to make this stuffed bread Latin dish. Register for this cooking demo here.
Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen, Main Campus
UTSA's annual sustainability festival, showcases the university’s and the City of San Antonio’s progress on researching and developing sustainable solutions to improve the quality life for future generations.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Get involved and register to vote. Click on the link to find out the locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses.
Multiple locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses
Learn about products and services available for studying, working, and making it to graduation! Speak directly to OIT managers, provide feedback on UTSA tech, and have your voice heard! Lunch and OIT gear provided. RSVP at: www.utsa.edu/oit/sic.
University Center, Denman Ballroom (2.01.28), Main Campus
Come meet the candidates looking to take home the crown as Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates platform and learn how they plan to represent and transform UTSA.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA's Friends of Shakespeare hosts this annual performance seried by Actors from the London Stage, Sept. 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will prepare a mandala sand painting on the main exhibit floor and offer various lectures and activities.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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