The College of William and Mary participated in the annual RecycleMania competition for the 4th consecutive year in 2012. The competition ended on April 13, 2012, and the College of William and Mary finished 19th in the nation out of 265 schools. The College finished 1st in the state of Virginia for the second year in a row.
RecycleMania is a 10 week competition that helps promote recycling on college campuses. Colleges measure all food and paper waste, trash and compost and report back how much waste is being recycled versus going to the landfill. “RecycleMania is a great competition that gives colleges a fresh eyes perspective on how much we are recycling versus what is not being diverted from the landfill” stated Lawanda Hutchison , Sadler Center RFoC location manager and member of W&M Dining’s sustainability team. “I am so excited to see how we have evolved into one of the top 20 accounts in higher education and our impact in reducing our environmental footprint”.
The W&M Dining sustainability team, comprised of 5 student interns and dining management staff, have worked to spread awareness and engagement for sustainable initiatives on campus including the importance of recycling and this competition. “Our W&M interns have provided the campus and Dining Services with a high standard of excellence in all facets of sustainability, which raises the bar to met by others” stated Larry Smith, Dining Director of Operations and Sustainability Coordinator.
The college finished 40th out of 288 schools in 2011.