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Cedar Crest College Ramps up Sustainability Efforts by Participating in RecycleMania

Allentown, PA (January 18, 2010)—As an environmentally conscious organization, Cedar Crest College will compete in the 2010 edition of RecycleMania, a program held from Jan. 17 through March 27 that pits colleges and universities across the United States against each other to see which can recycle the most on a per student basis. Colleges and universities track the amount of recycling they produce weekly and enter the results into a spreadsheet on the RecycleMania web site, and overall winners will be announced after final results are tabulated.

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 (From left) Roxana Shupp, admissions staff member at Cedar Crest and coordinator for RecycleMania, and junior Lauren Seale gear up for the program, which begins Sunday.

To usher in the campaign in style, Cedar Crest will host a RecycleMania kickoff event for the campus community on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 6-10 p.m. in Lees Hall. The kickoff party will begin with a brief overview of the RecycleMania program and the campus’ participation, followed by music from two bands, including the “campus” band comprised of faculty members and students, Doorstop Revolution.

In addition, other RecycleMania events will be announced during the program, including a recycled art competition scheduled throughout the month of February, a fashion show featuring recycled garments slated for March 15, and a locally grown food cook-off set for March 26. A party will be held to celebrate the campus’ collections efforts for the semester on April 11. The residence hall that recycles the most will be rewarded with a pizza party on April 15, complete with personal congratulations from College President Carmen Twillie Ambar.

The campus has high hopes for the success of the program.

“We have made some great progress in the area of sustainability in recent years, but there is still some work to be done, and we think that participating in RecycleMania and raising awareness of sustainability on campus is another step in the right direction,” said Roxana Shupp, admissions staff member at Cedar Crest and coordinator for the RecycleMania program. In addition to RecycleMania, Cedar Crest is doing a great deal to be environmentally conscious, including using more energy efficient T8 fluorescent light bulbs in campus buildings, gardening with non-toxic and other pesticides that have a reduced impact on the environment, recycling old computer equipment, and much more.

RecycleMania began in 2001 as the brainchild of employees from two Ohio colleges who wanted to improve their campus recycling efforts, and grew to include more than 500 schools in 2009.

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