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Howard Competes for the Second Year in RecycleMania

WASHINGTON (Feb. 11) --The nation’s college and universities are in the midst of their annual RecycleMania competition, and Howard University is right there with them.

From now until April 2, students at over 600 campuses across America will be competing to see who can do their best job to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Already taking the lead at Howard are students in Residence Life and the School of Business.

Students in Residence Life have produced a series of videos that are hosted on their YouTube page promoting recycling.  You can see them at

Meanwhile, HU S.U.S.T.A.I.N., a student organization in the School of Business, is helping promote RecycleMania through its website,

Students, staff and faculty can learn more about the program, find out how to participate and track Howard’s progress through weekly updates on the RecycleMania website:

During the contest, registered schools report recycling and trash data, which will then be ranked in several categories. Each week the data will be calculated and compared with data from all competing schools.

Staff and faculty can learn how they can become more involved by attending a training program between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Howard University Service Center, second floor, training room.  Preregistration is required. Contact Carla Annang at 202-806-2399 or .

Alfonze Chishom, director of Capital Planning and Sustainability, urged all faculty and staff to get involved.

Domenio Smith is one of the leaders of the students’ effort.  Smith urged all students to take part in the contest.

 “Participating in RecycleMania is extremely important for Howard because it allows us to show and prove our commitment to protecting the environment,” Smith said. “Every student needs to be involved in this competition, for themselves, for their families and for our planet’s future.”

There are recycling stations in each building on campus where everybody can properly dispose of recyclables, Chisholm said.

This is the second year Howard has competed campus-wide.  Last year, the program was able to divert 11.48 tons of aluminum, glass and plastic products and 189.83 tons of paper products from a wasteful landfill to a productive recycling effort, Chisholm said.

Howard University is also part of a recycling video competition for participating colleges and universities. Students are asked to create a short video showing their “love” for recycling on Valentine’s Day 2011.

The students must recreate the recycling symbol in an innovative way. Participants then upload their video to the RecycleMania YouTube page in response to a short video created to explain the competition.  Visit

A panel of judges will select the top 10 videos and place them on the RecycleMania Facebook page Then, for two weeks in March, the public will pick their favorite video.

The grand prize is $500 to be used by the school’s recycling program to promote its 2012 RecycleMania competition. All members of the winning group, up to 25, will also receive a prize pack from RecycleMania.

Full rules and details here at

For more information, contact the Howard University Office of Capital Planning and Sustainability at 202.806.2399, or

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