Lycoming College receives Alcoa Foundation grant for recycling bins

Lycoming College receives Alcoa Foundation grant for recycling bins

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Lycoming College recently received nearly 1,600, 6-gallon recycling bins from the Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition, as part of its national bin grant program during the 2012 RecycleMania collegiate recycling competition. The program is an effort to help schools boost their results during the competition and expand their recycling collections throughout the year.

The Alcoa Foundation has awarded 32 grants to colleges and universities, distributing 20,000 recycling bins around the country. Lycoming has placed the blue bins in every residence hall room and the remainder will be for faculty and staff offices and various common areas.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. During the competition, which began Feb. 5 and runs through March 31, participating schools vie for top awards in nine categories to see which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, produce the least amount of waste and recycle the largest percentage of their overall waste. Last year, Lycoming recycled approximately 11,000 pounds of material. The College has participated in RecycleMania since 2001.

"The Alcoa Foundation grant helps Lycoming College execute its commitment to recycling and sustainability," said Dr. Sue Gaylor, vice president of administration and planning. "The new recycling bins are one of several successful initiatives that the Sustainability Office has achieved in 2011-12."

Established in fall 2011, Lycoming's Sustainability Office is led by three students, coordinator Alyssa Tomaskovic and co-coordinators Zeb Buck and Laura Walter. In addition to spearheading the College's 2012 RecycleMania competition, they have led a "Flip It Off" campus energy conservation campaign and produced a PSA video to encourage others to recycle. The office also regularly contributes a sustainability article to Green Corner, a new column in The Lycourier student newspaper. The sustainability student team also supports the work of Lycoming's Sustainability Committee, a group of more than 20 students, faculty and administrators who meet regularly throughout the academic year to discuss, plan and implement sustainability initiatives across campus.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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