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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ready, set, recycle! The Buena Vista University (BVU) Sustainability Task Force and Residence Life are co-sponsoring a Recycling Week contest that begins April 10 and ends April 23.

"It's actually more than a week long, but we think it'll be a great chance to get people to start thinking more about recycling," says Dr. Jill Rhea, associate professor of communication studies and chair of the Sustainability Task Force.

Students in the residence halls are encouraged to begin collecting recyclable materials on April 10. At the end of the competition on April 23, each floor's collection total will be divided by the number of residents on that floor, and prizes will be awarded to the floors with the highest scores. Winning floors will be announced on Buenafication Day, April 24.

"If we can get people in the habit of recycling, we can really change the campus culture," says Rhea. "We want to get people into it and see how every little bit can make a big difference. We think campus is ready for this. People are asking for recycling bins."

Dijon DeLaPorte, director of residence life, says, "I think this competition could be a fun and unifying program for students to rally around."

The contest coincides with the Sustainability Task Force's mission to create a more sustainable environment. It is currently working to achieve LEED certification for the Estelle Siebens Science Center and to raise awareness for recycling on campus. Find out more about the task force and their initiatives at www.bvu.edu/green/.

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