(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.
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
The conference will showcase the works of authors, illustrators, and scholars which embody Latino culture and art as a means to promote literacy and reading in Latino children.
Durango Building, first floor, Downtown Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Dr. Don Jenkins from UT Health SA will lead this event UTSA with up to 30 certified STB trainers, and train up to 300 UTSA students and personnel in stop the bleed methods.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106), Main Campus
Get to know more about the Bexar County Criminal District Court candidates' stance on the issues before voting in the primary election on March 6.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
As part of RecycleMania,UTSA will provide sensitive document shredding services for the UTSA community. Bring documents to the parking lot between Student Union & Ximenes Avenue Garage. Document pick up also available for the Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses.
H-E-B Student Union parking lot, Main Campus
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