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2014 Waste Week

By: Gillian McGhee, Rambler Buzz Staff Writer

February will be a green month for Loyola as RecycleMania and Waste Week hit campus via the Institute of Environmental Sustainability.

RecycleMania is a nationwide competition among colleges and universities to reduce waste on campus that takes place from February 2 to March 29. Loyola has participated since 2008 and Sustainability Specialist Gina Lettiere hopes the growing presence of sustainability on campus will help Loyola do more this year.

“[RecylceMania] is eight weeks to establish a habit and make a lifestyle change,” she says.

Lettiere says the new facilities and increased signage on campus should get more Ramblers thinking about sustainability, but there is always room for improvement.

“It’s a time to keep exploring what the possibilities are and over time people learn that some things work and others don’t,” she says. It’s important to recognize, she says, that some students need to adjust their lifestyles more than others, and that it is a process that takes time.

In connection with RecycleMania, Loyola is launching its first Waste Week to help “ramp up” interest. Waste Week serves to educate and inspire the Loyola community to get involved and push themselves to try living more sustainably. There will be several events on campus through February 19 to raise awareness of important issues facing the environment.

“We have some really great champions here on campus,” Lettierre says.

On February 13, anthropology professor Dan Amick is giving a presentation on the University’s trash, something he keeps tabs on using an archaeological approach.

At his State of the University Address, Father Garanzini emphasized Loyola’s commitment to sustainability.

Waste Week will conclude on February 19 with the Loyola Men’s Basketball Zero Waste Game at 7 p.m. in Gentile Arena. The team will take on Wichita Sate and vendor Pete’s Pizza will use eco-friendly, recyclable, or compostable serving ware.

Waste Week also serves to highlight inclusion of various departments, like anthropology and athletics, illustrating the interdisciplinary reach of sustainability and how it helps establish valuable partnerships across the University.

For more information on RecycleMania, click here.

For more information on Waste Week and specific registration information on particular events, click here.