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Residence halls conserve and recycle

Conserve and RecycleATHENS, Ohio -- Which residence hall will be the last one standing is the question sponsors hope to answer this spring as they kick off the Ohio University's Conserve and Recycle Challenge which began Feb. 2 and runs through April 9.

The Conserve and Recycle Challenge is a two-part competition sponsored by the Campus Renewal Project, Ohio University Facilities and Auxiliaries, Facilities Management, Housing and Food Services, and Residence Life. The goal of the program is to change the conserving and recycling habits of students on campus through the Residence Energy and Water Challenge and Recyclemania.

Conserve and Recycle Challenge Schedule

Residence Energy and Water Challenge: Monday, Feb. 2 - Friday, April 9

Feb. 2-Feb. 27: Intra-green competition - All halls compete with other halls on their green

Feb. 28-March 26: Semifinals - Top three halls from each green compete with top three halls from other greens.

March 27-April 9: Tribal Council - Top three halls from the semifinals compete for first, second and third place.

Recyclemania: Monday Feb. 2 - Friday, April 9

Each week, per student rates will be reported around campus and to other schools. The top eight schools will be noted on scoreboards around campus. Visit www.facilities.ohiou.edu/recycle/ 

"Simple behaviors will be promoted during the Residence Energy and Water Challenge to show residents that they can survive with less energy and water," Andy Sinozich, VESTAR site manager for Facilities Management, says.

The Residence Energy and Water Challenge is an intra-green competition that begins Feb. 2 and ends Feb. 27. The halls are challenged to turn off lights and air conditioners when not in the room and take fewer and shorter showers. The top three residence halls from each green will advance to the semifinals, held Feb. 28 to March 26 and the top three halls will advance to the Tribal Council, from March 27 to April 9.

The second part of the challenge is Recyclemania, where 17 universities compete to see which campus can recycle the most material during a 10-week period. Ohio University will compete against other universities including Miami University, Ohio State University and Harvard University. Ohio University has not won a Recyclemania since it began and organizers are looking for the University's first win.

"This isn't a spectator sport," Edward Newman, manager of Recycling & Refuse for Facilities and Auxiliaries, says. "The more that everyone recycles, the more likely it is that Ohio University can beat the 16 other competing universities. This year we really want to win the Recyclemania trophy and have bragging rights over our competitors."

Recyclable materials will be collected and weighed from residence halls, on-campus apartments and dining halls. Students are encouraged to recycle everything from cardboard to glass to paper. The campus with the greatest number of pounds recycled per student at the end of the competition will be crowned champion.

Ohio University's goal is to reduce the $11 million spent each year on utilities, such as water and electricity. The university also estimates that more than 70 percent of solid waste from faculty and students is actually recyclable. For more information about the Conserve and Recycle Challenge visit these Web sites, www.facilities.ohiou.edu/vestar and www.facilities.ohiou.edu/recycle/

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Media Contact: Andy Sinozich, (740) 593-0026 or sinozich@ohio.edu, or Edward Newman, (740) 593-0231 or newmane@ohio.edu

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