RecycleMania Returns to UMW

Last year, UMW

Starting on Monday, Feb. 4, the University of Mary Washington will join colleges and universities across the country in RecycleMania, an annual eight-week competition to reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. More than 600 schools are participating this year, representing all 50 states as well as five Canadian provinces. This year marks UMW’s fifth time in the Per Capita Classic Competition category, which measures the percentage of recycled materials per person. “We were number one in Virginia last year and 18th in the overall competition so the bar is high this year,” said Joni Wilson, UMW’s director of landscape and grounds. To earn first place, UMW recycled 37.96 pounds of materials per person over eight weeks, which is equivalent to more than 200,000 pounds of recyclables kept out of landfills. The 182 metric tons of CO2 kept out of the atmosphere through recycling equaled the equivalent of taking 97 cars off the road. “It is about more than winning,” … [Read more...]

UMW Finishes in Top Twenty in International RecycleMania Competition

Students held a dumpster dive as part of RecycleMania efforts

The University of Mary Washington has finished first in Virginia and 18th overall in the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is an eight-week recycling competition among colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada designed to promote waste reduction practices in campus communities. This year, UMW was one of 338 schools in the Per Capita Classic Competition, using the percentage of recycled materials per person. The RecycleMania competition increases awareness about sustainable practices and shows students how their efforts can make a difference. Every week schools record and report their amount of recycled materials. To earn 18th place, UMW recycled 37.96 pounds of materials per person in eight weeks, the equivalent of more than 200,000 pounds of materials kept out of landfills. UMW greatly increased its efforts in the 2012 competition, finishing 215 places better than their 233rd place in the competition last year. For those involved with the university’s … [Read more...]

UMW Grad Develops Bike Plan for Fredericksburg Campus

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Justin Doyle ’08 aims to make the University of Mary Washington a better place for bicyclists.  So the Virginia Commonwealth University master’s degree candidate is developing a bike plan for UMW for his culminating project in urban and regional planning program. “I wanted to give back to UMW in a way that I feel passionate about,” he said. “Bicycling is a passion of mine. Since UMW has never developed a bicycle plan, it was a great opportunity.” Some UMW students already use bicycles on a daily basis, but more might use them if a bike plan was in place, said Doyle. He wants faculty, staff and students’ input on how to deal with the challenges of creating a bike program. Doyle has developed an online survey and hopes to collect 400 to 500 responses. The survey, available until Feb. 17, is open to current UMW faculty, staff and students. He will hold a focus group session for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Woodard Campus Center's Red … [Read more...]