What and when is Campus Race to Zero Waste?
Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly known as RecycleMania) is an annual competition among universities in the US and Canada which measures and compares campus waste reduction efforts over an eight-week period from January 31st to March 27th, 2021. Through Campus Race to Zero Waste educational efforts, UNT is on a mission to engage students, staff, and faculty in sustainable everyday practices that divert items from the landfill and make recycling and waste reduction both accessible and meaningful. Our campus competes in the Stephen K. Gaski Per Capita challenge, which means we'll measure and report the weights of paper, cardboard, and bottles/cans recycled on campus on a per person basis each week. UNT’s Campus Race to Zero Waste campaign is hosted by the We Mean Green Fund. UNT Facilities and the University Union support and assist in measuring the weights of collected recyclables each week of the competition.
8 Rs of Reducing Waste
UNT’s take on the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste Campaign will be segmented into eight weeks of thematic education and programming. Each week of the campaign will feature one of the 8 Rs of Reducing Waste: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Reform, and Recruit. The first six Rs identify a chronological order in which we can replace our waste creation habits with resourceful habits before choosing to toss something into the landfill. The last two Rs serve as a reminder to evaluate our place and role in communities and consider how we can advocate for systems-level change to reduce unnecessary consumption and waste production that create harms within our society and environment. Each week of our Campus Race to Zero Waste will feature social media challenges, waste reduction tips, engaging activities, and educational events focused on one of the 8 Rs to inspire the UNT community to get involved in creating a more sustainable campus and a healthier planet.
Media Library Resources
In support of Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021, the UNT Media Library compiled a list of films, video games, and tabletop games (available to UNT students and employees) about waste reduction and other environmental issues. For each week of Campus Race to Zero Waste, the We Mean Green Fund will highlight a film related to the theme of the week. These Media Library resources expand education and awareness of environmental concerns, such as environmental justice and the negative impacts of waste on the planet and its people.
Stay tuned for events about sustainable fashion, environmental justice, and eco-friendly celebrations!
Social Media Challenges
Due to COVID-19, Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021 will be a primarily virtual experience. Follow the We Mean Green Fund on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for weekly updates, resources, and engagement opportunities! Participate in weekly social media challenges for a chance to win some swag to help you reduce your waste! (@UNTwmgf)
Weekly Weight Reports of Recycled Material
For the national Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, UNT Facilities and the University Union will measure the weights of recycled material on campus on a weekly basis. The weekly weight reports will be shared with the UNT community on social media to provide context about campus recycling efforts.
Review last year’s Campus Race to Zero Waste efforts: https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/we-mean-green-fund/programs/recyclemania