Andrew Muir 301-405-7068
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is once again competing in RecycleMania: an eight-week waste reduction contest among hundreds of colleges and universities, running February 2nd to March 29th. All materials recycled on campus count towards this competition.
To enhance the university's involvement with the competition, this year UMD is sponsoring a video contest to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to showcase their recycling skills and knowledge.
The "Recycle This!" video contest is looking for educational videos that inspire people to recycle, compost, and reduce their waste. Videos must be no more than 30 seconds long. The grand prize winner for the best video will receive $500 in Terrapin Express points.
The video entries are due by Friday, February 28th at 4:00pm. Entries can be submitted at http://recyclemania.umd.edu/.
"This year we are excited to host a video competition to encourage faculty, staff, and students to think about recycling in a new way. I urge everyone to submit a video and recycle everywhere on campus to support UMD in this year's RecycleMania competition," said Adrienne Small, recycling specialist in the recycling and solid waste unit on campus.
Last year, UMD ranked number one in the Atlantic Coast Conference for waste minimization. Since this is Maryland's final year in the ACC, RecycleMania is one of the last chances for the university to beat rival schools in a competitive setting before moving to the Big Ten Conference.
As highlighted in the 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, UMD achieved its 2012 goal of a 75 percent waste diversion rate. The milestone helped the university achieve its 2012 target of reducing carbon emissions by 15 percent compared to 2005.
"I encourage every member of the campus community to participate in RecycleMania and help the university win this nationwide contest. This means recycling all possible items as we work, study, and dine on campus. If possible, I also urge you to participate in the upcoming shredding and electronic waste recycling events on campus that will add to our totals! Bin it to Win it!" said Harry Teabout, executive director of building and landscape services.
For more information on the video contest and Terps Recycle events, visit http://recyclemania.umd.edu.
There will be a campus E-Waste Drive on Friday, March 7th.
Follow the University of Maryland's RecycleMania progress here.
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