WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Students from Berkeley College’s White Plains campus recently got swept up in RecycleMania, earning the distinction of RecycleMania Champion for Most Recycling in a competition among the college’s seven locations.
Berkeley’s in-house competition is a friendly aside to the larger RecycleMania, which had 523 colleges nationwide competing this year to reduce the most waste. All of Berkeley’s locations competed in the 13th annual tournament.
Altogether, Berkeley students prevented the release of 73 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere during the course of two months. This is equivalent to the energy consumption of six houses, or keeping 14 cars off of the road for two months.
“RecycleMania provided a great opportunity for the Berkeley community to engage in recycling and waste reduction,” Jeffrey Ehalt, Berkeley College director of operations and interim director of sustainability, said. “These environmentally friendly practices now will be carried with each person throughout his or her life at home, school and work.”
Participating schools collected a total of 90.3 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials and prevented the release of the equivalent of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Berkeley’s midtown Manhattan campus was named RecycleMania champion for the Most Waste Reduction.
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