RecycleMania, which wrapped up its 11th annual recycling competition in early April, is an eight-week challenge that inspires friendly college rivalry between institutions across the country, challenging students, faculty and staff to increase on-campus recycling initiatives in order to beat other school records.
During the challenge, Mount Mercy students, faculty and staff worked together to decrease waste products and increase recycled material on campus. The total amount of recycled material came to 42,329 pounds over the course of eight weeks. On average, Mount Mercy recycled 21.86 pounds per person of cumulative corrugated cardboard.
Sustainability initiatives continue to play an integral role in Mount Mercy's strategic vision. The University has successfully launched green campaigns that encompass a wide range of campus areas, from reducing paper usage to going trayless in the cafeteria.
Mount Mercy University's Ongoing Sustainability efforts:
"It is part of the mission of our campus to help create a more sustainable, thriving world and to ensure we follow the tenants of the Sisters of Mercy and their commitment to being good stewards of the environment," says Colette Atkins, chair of the Sustainability Committee.