Georgia State U Strives to Minimize Food Waste

The university championed its first Hunger Awareness Month by educating students on excessive food waste associated with overloading plates with food. Volunteers in the dining hall weighed patrons food waste resulting in monthly posters declaring food waste totals.

Knox College Uses First Batch of Compost on Campus Grounds

Over the past year, organic waste collected from the university's sit-down dining establishments and special events is now being used as fertilizer in new high tunnels on campus.

Pomona College Sells Unwanted Items for Sustainability Programs

More than $9,5000 was raised for university sustainability programs through reselling some of the 23 tons of used appliances, dorm furnishings, and books that were collected during the end-of-year campaign Clean Sweep.

U Maryland Releases Waste Diversion Media [VIDEO]

Terps Recycle and the university's Office of Sustainability produced the video explaining to viewers what can be composted and recycled and what items need to be landfilled.

Pennsylvania State U Accepts Nat'l Recycling Coalition Award

(U.S.): Coming on the heels of a campus-wide composting program, the National Recycling Coalition cited an exceptional program in recycling and public engagement as recognition for receiving the 2014 Outstanding Higher Education Award.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Adopts Single Stream Recycling

(U.S.): Leading up to the start of the fall semester, the university announced RecycleOne, a waste management program designed to collect paper, plastic, metal and glass in once collection bin.

U San Diego Student Club Challenges Campus to BYOC

(U.S.): Students from the university's Net Impact chapter launched a month-long Kill the Cup campaign aimed at reducing the amount of one-time use cups heading to the landfill by offering incentives to campus members who bring their own coffee cup.

Louisiana State U to Improve Lakes

A recent $10,000 grant will allow the university to increase recycling opportunities in and around Campus Lake to help reach the recycling goal of 50 percent in 2014.

North Carolina State U Composts Pizza Boxes

A new program started this past spring that has already composted more than 3,700 pizza boxes to divert waste and engage students in a new sustainability effort.

West Philadelphia Institutions to See Sustainable Shop

A new sustainable coffee and retail shop from United By Blue will open soon in University City, a western part of Philadelphia that is home to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. For each product sold, the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through local cleanups.

U Maryland to Become Zero-Waste Campus

(U.S.): Starting at Byrd Stadium this year, the university plans to divert 90 percent of waste from landfills to composting and recycling stations.

U Western Ontario Increase Recycling Efforts

(Canada): Coffee cups, fountain drink cups and the accompanying lids are now recyclable to divert 100 tons of waste annually toward their goal of diverting 90 percent of waste from landfills.

Auburn U Goes Styrofoam Free

Starting this semester, the university replaced styrofoam with paper products to increase recycling and eliminate waste from landfills in an effort to achieve a zero waste campus.

Macalester College Pledges Zero Waste

In an effort to divert waste from landfills and incinerators, the university recently implemented campus wide composting, a new program to repurpose food waste and reusable take-out containers.

MacEwan U Recycles Furniture

The university introduced a new program called Re-Love Market this September that takes unwanted and gently used items for people to swap or buy items instead of throwing them away.

U Kentucky Introduces Anti-Litter Campaign

The new Pick It Up campaign urges participation from all campus community members to create and maintain a litter-free campus.

U Maine Reduces Waste

The university recently reduced waste with a new unlimited meal plan for students where they no longer need to swipe for a lunch or dinner, which caused a significant decrease in food waste.

Appalachian State U Stadium Now Zero-Waste

To help the university meet its 90 percent waste diversion rate by 2022, a plan was recently developed for the 2014 season to include compost and recyclables waste collection areas each game day.

Penn State U to Increase Sustainability at Sporting Events

Throughout the upcoming football season, the university will work to achieve a 100 percent landfill diversion rate starting within the suite sections of the Beaver Stadium to surpass the 97 percent diversion rate accomplished in the 2013 season.

Portland State U Boosts Recycling Bin Locations

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, 1,000 new recycling bins designed specifically for placement in its residence halls were recently installed to increase waste diversion efforts.

Two Emory U Hospitals to Divert Waste

Starting in the operating rooms, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory University Hospital aim to reduce landfill waste by 65 percent by 2015 through recycling more and donating unused supplies.

U Louisiana Lafayette Works Toward Zero-Waste

The university recently piloted several programs to increase sustainability efforts in their zero-waste initiative around the campus that includes an increase in recycling bins, Goodwill donation bins to divert waste and the donation of leftover food.

Virginia Tech Pilots Green Project

On home game days, the university will now have additional recycling bins as part of a new test program to increase recycling efforts by 50 percent by 2050.

Harvard U Expands Sustainability Efforts

From two dorms in 2013 to 17 dorms in 2014, all university freshman housing now has compost bins to divert waste and save money.

Auburn U Bolsters Waste Diversion Efforts with Solar

(U.S.): Solar-powered trash cans and recycling bins have recently been installed on campus that will compact trash leading to a reduction in labor, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions due to the reduced frequency with which the cans will need to be emptied.

Concordia U St.Paul Implements Single Stream Recycling

(U.S.): In an effort to reduce waste, new recycling bins are currently being installed throughout campus to allow students, faculty and staff to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and aluminum in a single container.

Georgia Southern U Creates Recycled Apparel

(U.S.): The university recently partnered with Renew Merchandise to create apparel from recycled plastic bottles to inspire the campus community to recycle.

Johnson County CC Receives Recycling Bins

(U.S.): Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, 50 new recycling bins are being installed at the community college in advance of the upcoming semester to increase waste diversion efforts.

North Carolina State U Pilots Compost Initiative

(U.S.): The university's student union is the first campus building to implement post-consumer composting this fall as part of its new pilot program.

U North Texas Boosts Recycling Efforts

Spurring new outdoor collection bins and installation of solar trash compactors, a recent university study found that when recycling bins were readily available diversion efforts increased from 20-30 percent to 80-90 percent.

Yale U Takes New Steps to Divert Waste

In addition to mattress recycling, the university's athletics department now donates unused high jump and pole vault mats to local schools to achieve its goal of 50 percent waste diversion rate by June 2016.

Green Mountain College to End Sale of Bottled Water

Beginning this summer, due to a recent graduate student's campaign to reduce plastic waste, bottled water will no longer be sold on campus.

Tarleton State U Amplifies Recycling Efforts

The university recently replaced 175 trash collection containers with new bins that display the same visual recycling cues in order to increase recycling rates.

U Northern Iowa Completes Single Stream Recycling

In an effort to make recycling more convenient for on-campus residents, residents on every floor can now toss tin, plastic, mixed paper and flattened cardboard into one collection bin.

U Connecticut Invests in Sports Waste Reduction Campaign

(U.S.): University of Connecticut students encourage recycling at university basketball games through the Green GameDays campaign. At halftime, volunteers reminded game patrons to recycle items such as cardboard and plastic bottles. At the end of the game a total of 1,080 bottles were collect for recycling.

Pittsburg State U Installs Bottle Refill Stations

In an effort to reduce consumption of plastic bottles at the university, nearly 20 water refill stations have been installed across campus.

Southern Illinois U Carbondale Opens New Compost Facility

Hoping to decrease landfill material, a new forced air facility at the university has the capability to compost 15 tons of waste material every 60 to 70 days, which will be used on campus for flower bed and gardens.

U Dayton's New Recycling Agreement Includes Outreach

A recent five-year agreement with a recycling company will offer, besides recycling services, sustainability curriculum with hands-on educational experiences, programming such as facility tours, guest lectures and special projects, assistance with the university's sustainability education efforts in local schools, assistance with participation in Recyclemania, and messages at athletic events to help promote recycling and sustainability initiatives in the community.

Lehigh U Students Begin Composting

Driven environmental concerns, the new Green Resource Recovery of Waste project aims to turn all of the university’s food waste into compost that can be used to fertilize greenery and other plant beds on campus, and then grow food to serve in campus dining halls.

Partnering for End of Year Waste Diversion Campaign

Oklahoma City University, Tennessee State University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Central Oklahoma, University of La Verne and Vanderbilt University partnered with a national organization to divert clothing, shoes and dorm room textiles from the landfill resulting in a collection of 30,000 pounds of material.

Vanderbilt U Reduces Take Out Container Waste

(U.S.): The university's Campus Dining unveiled the "If You Stay, Use a Tray" initiative using posters, social media, stickers, to-go box signs and buttons worn by Dining workers that intends to promote awareness of sustainability by encouraging people staying in the hall to eat off of plates instead of using disposable boxes.

Elon U Initiates End of Year Waste Diversion Campaign

In an effort to keep usable items out of the landfill, the "Don't Trash It!" campaign encouraged students to donate unwanted items rather than throw them away during the move-out phase. In total, the collection effort donated over 10,500 pounds of bedding, clothing and housewares and nearly 1,500 pounds of canned food.

College of Charleston Hosts Zero Waste Alumni Event

The university's Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Sustainability partnered for the 5,000-person event making it a 94.7 percent waste diversion event, where only 413 pounds of material were sent to the landfill including gloves, plastic wrap and any non-recyclable packaging.

Menlo College Student Develops Campus Sustainability Program

A student recently initiated several waste-related projects at the college in memory of her sister, who was her university's Living Green Club president, including banning one-time use plastic bottles, refurbishing campus recycling bins, installing water bottle refill stations, and holding a sustainability fair.

U Mississippi Receives Recycling Grant

One of the state's agencies to receive a portion of $227,160, the university will increase recycling stations across campus and develop educational recycling campaigns.

American U Beirut Medical Center Incents Recycling

(Lebanon): The newly installed reverse vending machines collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans in exchange for rewards, such as water bottles and passes to the university's gym facilities.

Pomona College Diverts Year End Celebration Waste

(U.S.): The college's Class of 2014 Class Day celebration either composted or recycled all waste from 1500 participants and reduced bottled water by providing solar-powered water cooler drink stations.

U North Carolina Greensboro Abandons Junk Mail

(U.S.): Eliminating staff time it takes to reprogram 6,000 student post office boxes, the new dynamic mail system assigns a unique one-time postal code that corresponds with a postal cubby where packages and letters can be picked up. In this new scheme all bulk mail, fliers and junk mail are eliminated.

Richland College Repurposes Collected Plastic Bags

The college's Sustainable Conversations group, designed to brainstorm ways to reduce campus waste and productively recycle and reuse discarded materials, set up a bag collection during RecycleMania, which they are using for crochet projects.

Keene State College Averts Plastic Bottles

Fifteen buildings across campus have recently received water bottle refilling stations, which encourage the campus community to use their own bottles and will decrease the amount bottles recycled and sent to the landfill.