Agnes Scott College ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 29 nationally in this year’s RecycleMania Grand Champion Division. In last year’s competition, the college was first in the state and placed No. 35 nationally.
The college also ranked No. 11 nationally in the food service organics (food composting) division, with 17 pounds of food per person composted.
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 recycling rate was 49.71 percent.
“Everyone worked really hard on Recyclemania this year,” said Justine Schwartz, sustainability fellow at the college. “We realized early on we had the potential to increase our numbers, and by mid-February we had to add an extra recycling collecting bin over at facilities because of our higher volume. We're especially excited about our national composting numbers.”
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. In 2009, 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.