This weekend marks the beginning of football season for most colleges and universities, and campuses will see a return of tailgating, cookouts, and GameDay Recycling. The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful, and EPA's WasteWise program have partnered again this year to offer the 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge. The deadline for colleges and universities to register is September 20, 2014. Any college or university with a football program is eligible participate in the GameDay Challenge. Participating schools will report recycling and waste generation numbers for one or more home games. Schools will compete nationally under the Diversion Rate and Total Recycling categories and within their athletic conference for Recycling, Waste Generation, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Organics Reduction, and Conference Diversion Rate. All categories are based on a per capita basis using the official reported attendance numbers. For more information or to register for the 2014 GameDay Challenge, please visit GameDayChallenge.org.
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Waste Management (WM) announced last week the recepients of their 2014 Think Green Grant. Eight KAB community-based affiliates across the country received one of the $10,000 awards. The Think Green Grants are part of WM's commitment to encourage the development and sustainability of environmental solutions that improve local communities. This year Keep Clinton Beautiful, Clinton, MS, received one of the awards which will be used to purchase recycling containers for use in Clinton's parks and downtown area in an effort to increase recycling in the city. The Mississippi Recycling Coalition wishes to congratulate Keep Clinton Beautiful on receiving this award! More information on the 2014 Think Green Awards and other recipients is available on KAB's website.
Mark your calendars! The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is hosting a one day Recycling Mini-Conference at the Trustmark Conference Center at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The theme for the conference is "Sustaining Recycling in Mississippi: Developing Our Game Plan." Sessions at the conference will include updates on recycling conditions and projects in the State and region, information on rural recycling efforts, a panel session on how to develop and manage RFP's as well as recycling program upgrades and transitions, upcoming grant opportunities and guidance on how to build a better project, new information on proposed MDEQ regulatory changes and updates on special waste recycling efforts in the state including electronics, tires and disaster debris. Attendees are encourage to wear their favorite school or sports team's colors and will have the opportunity to tour the Hall of Fame facility during the lunch session. Registration information will be released on the MRC website in the next few days. If you have questions on the mini-conference, do not hesitate to contact Mark Williams at MDEQ at 601-961-5171.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) and Mississippi Beverage Association (MBA) are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2014-2015 MRC/MBA College Scholarships. This year we are offering up to ten $1,000 scholarships to undergraduates enrolled in Mississippi public and private colleges and universities majoring in areas related to the environmental sciences. Scholarships applications and transcripts must be submitted and received by October 24, 2014. More information is available in this announcement.
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a free program open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. The Challenge provides access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition while documenting the success of participating organizations. Program participants receive annual sustainability reports that detail their reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases, and waste.
The Challenge will offer a free webinar to introduce the program to potential participants at the following times (click on the date to register for that webinar):