SJC Participates in National Recycling Competition

PATCHOGUE, NY – APRIL 5, 2011 – St. Joseph’s College has taken part in a national recycling competition on both its Long Island and Brooklyn campuses known as RecycleMania, a seven-week friendly competition helping college and university recycling programs promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. The competition also helped launch a week-long inter-campus competition for St. Joseph's students.

With 14 clubs participating in the competition, each club has been tasked with designing its own recycling bin to collect recyclable items such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles and jars. The campus bookstore will judge the recycling bins and donate a prize to the club with the most creative design. The St. Joseph’s College Sustainability Committee, comprised of students, faculty and staff, will award first and second place prizes to the clubs that collect the most items.

“St. Joseph’s College is working to build up an active recycling program on both of its campuses,” said S. Suzanne Franck, associate academic dean and chair of the Sustainability Committee at St. Joseph’s College. “After learning about RecycleMania, we researched the competition online and decided to sign up for the first time. I’m pleased to report that it has been successful so far and the amount of items we have collected are steadily increasing throughout the competition.”

St. Joseph’s College plans to continue moving forward with its mission to lessen its impact on the environment. Future plans include increased recycling bins on both the Long Island and Brooklyn campuses, using recycled paper goods on campus, installing double-sided printers in offices and computer labs, building an on-campus greenhouse and introducing an Environmental Studies minor in September 2011.

 “Our hopes for the future are to get even more people involved in sustainability on campus, and to continue expanding and generating new ideas,” S. Suzanne said.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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