Agnes Scott College is the top-ranked college in the state and No. 35 nationally in this year’s RecycleMania Grand Champion Division.
RecycleMania is a national college and university recycling competition. About 600 colleges and universities signed up for the 10-week competition, which pits institutions all over the country against each other in several categories to see which school can recycle the largest portion of their waste.
The Grand Champion Division is based on a school’s combined results in the Per Capita Classic and Waste Minimization competitions and takes a school’s size into account. Agnes Scott’s cumulative recycling rate was 44.5 percent. The average cumulative waste pounds per person was 51.57, almost half that of other Georgia colleges competing in the waste minimization category.
“What was different for 2010? This year Agnes Scott has a closed loop policy – simultaneously encouraging green purchasing and aggressive waste reduction,” said Susan Kidd, director of sustainability at Agnes Scott. “The campus community’s support of this policy, along with the initiation of a food composting program, gave our numbers a real boost in the competition.”
Agnes Scott was the first U.S. college chosen to use the PAXXO Longostand waste containment system, provided by PAXXO AB of Malmo, Sweden, which helps reduce bag use and increased the college’s diversion of waste.
The college also placed No. 11 nationally in the Food Service Organics Division, with 17.6 pounds of food recycled (or composted) per person.
Agnes Scott College was the first college in Georgia earlier this fall to compost in its residence halls. The college also successfully launched its campus-wide, single-stream recycling program, which eliminates the need to separate recyclables, the previous fall.
Recycling and composting, part of the college’s goal to move closer to producing zero waste, are also part of a much wider strategy to reduce Agnes Scott’s environmental impact. Last year, the college completed a comprehensive, long-term Climate Action Plan, part of a commitment made with about 650 other colleges and universities all over the country that signed onto the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in order to reduce their impact on the environment. Agnes Scott’s CAP outlines strategies and five-year targets designed to achieve “climate neutrality” in time for its 150th anniversary in 2039.
To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Agnes Scott College, visit http://www.agnesscott.edu/about/sustainability.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.