FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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BERKELEY COLLEGE JOINS WITH COLLEGES NATIONWIDE IN THE 11TH ANNUAL RECYCLEMANIA COMPETITION
TO HELP REDUCE CAMPUS WASTE
Berkeley College students, staff and faculty joined with 630 college communities nationwide in reducing waste during the 11th Annual RecycleMania competition. This was the first year that Berkeley College participated in the initiative that serves as a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs.
Over a 10-week period, schools reported recycling and trash data to the RecycleMania organizers and were ranked according to who collected the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, and the highest recycling rate. Berkeley College participated in the Benchmark Division of the national program and also engaged in an inter-campus competition.
“RecycleMania provided a great opportunity for the Berkeley community to engage in recycling and waste reduction,” said Jeffrey Ehalt, Berkeley College Director of Operations and Interim Director of Sustainability. “These environmentally friendly practices now will be carried with each person throughout his or her life at home, school and work.”
At the end of the 10-week period, Berkeley College had increased its recycling by 5.3 percent with 7.84 pounds of recycled material collected per person. That included 4.55 pounds of cardboard and 3.29 pounds of bottles and cans per person.
According to the RecycleMania organizers, this year’s national efforts resulted in the recovery of “91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, which prevented the release of nearly 270 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 52.8 million passenger cars; electricity use of more than 32.7 million homes; or the burning of nearly 1.5 million railcars’ worth of coal.”
A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students —including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. And in New York there are four locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College students, staff and faculty joined with 630 college communities nationwide in reducing waste during the 11th Annual RecycleMania competition. Berkeley College participated in the Benchmark Division of the campaign and also held an inter-campus competition. The Garret Mountain Campus in Woodland Park, NJ, dramatically reduced its waste and earned a Berkeley College “Campus Champion for Waste Reduction” Award. Pictured with the award are Linda Pinsky-Mauro, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Garret Mountain Campus, and Mark Wagener, Berkeley College Vice President of Operations.