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RecycleMania Hits SUNY Canton

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected.

SUNY Canton has joined RecycleMania, an international competition that measures the success of colleges’ recycling and waste prevention efforts.

“The RecycleMania competition establishes a baseline of data for future improvement across campus,” said Matthew Burnett, who is the Green Campus Committee (GCC) Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Graphic and a Multimedia Design program. “It is important that we make sustainability a priority on our campus and in our classrooms.”

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected. Each week, the standings are posted online for participants to see, motivating the campus community to recycle more and decrease the overall environment footprint of the college.

The challenge has been spearheaded by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson and students Bridget Keegan and Rachel Baker, according to Burnett.

“I saw this as a great way to get involved and help out,” said Keegan. “A lot of people stop and ask what we are doing when we calculate the recyclables. We use our efforts as a means to emphasize the importance of recycling.”

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The college has been expanding its overall recycling efforts with help from the GCC and other departments. During its first year, SUNY Canton will be posting college-wide results in the benchmarking division of the competition, which will allow the college to compare its results to other schools. After one year, the college will be allowed to enter the competition level and compete against itself and other colleges.

Colleges in all 50 states and six international universities are represented in the competition.

The RecycleMania competition began in 2001 as a friendly challenge between recycling coordinators at Miami University and Ohio University. The competition was meant as a way to get participants more excited about recycling.

Several publications and college indicators use RecycleMania to gauge colleges’ and universities’ collective and individual commitments to sustainability. RecycleMania has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Boston Globe.

In addition to the RecycleMania competition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has begun a fund-raising event that will keep the campus cleaner by recycling used ink jet and laser printer cartridges, and cell phones. The semester-long “Make a Difference” campaign aims to educate and engaging the campus in conservation and environmental protection. The SAAC members have set up recycling boxes around campus to collect the used cartridges and cell phones.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Student Redistributes and Recycles Discarded Texts

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Alysia Smith

SAVING BOOKS – Alysia M. Smith, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls holds up a book she recovered from a recycling bin at SUNY Canton.

Outdated books can be problematic in an academic setting.

A SUNY Canton student dedicated to environmental awareness is helping solve the textbook problem at Southworth Library by redistributing and recycling a number of books, video tapes, and magazines.

Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls and the President of Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) found out that the library was disposing of outdated materials and sprang into action. She rallied other members SEAS and the college’s Green Campus Committee (GCC) to salvage the ill-fated texts.

The college was in the process of having the books sent to a recycling center through Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Smith, thinking that the books were headed to the landfill, said she originally thought to find homes for the texts. “I will be taking some of the more recent editions to professors, hoping that they could use them,” she said. “Some of the more out-of-date ones I asked Matt Burnett (Assistant Professor of Humanities) to take for his students to use in art projects.”

As fortune or fate would have it, a representative was on campus from the American Cancer Society text book drive. “He immediately took half of the books we had collected and a third of the books discarded.” Burnett said. “I think this reflects strongly on the dedication of our students and their willingness to work towards new solutions for contemporary issues.”

Smith has been combing the discarded books daily. She sorts them into categories for people she knows who can use them and is looking for other outlets to redistribute them. “I’m still driving around with a car full of books,” she said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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