SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE BEGINS RACE TO ZERO WASTE, HOSTS EVENT

SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Campus Race to Zero Waste, formerly known as Recycle Mania, has begun on campus. The first week of the competition is already underway. According to Carina Collet, manager of the sustainability office, the numbers for the first week have a promising outlook for the rest of the competition.  

Wartburg College has participated in the competition in the past, including last year which Wartburg did not perform well against the competitors.  

THE CAMPUS RACE TO ZERO WASTE ALLOWS WARTBURG TO EITHER COMPETE AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS IN A RACE FOR SUSTAINABILITY OR TO MEET A CERTAIN BENCHMARK. WARTBURG WILL BE COMPETING AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS.

“Last year it was not a good year for us. It was hard with COVID because everyone got sent home around mid-March, so we didn’t really finish the competition last year,” Collet said. “The change with the name Campus Race to Zero Waste allows changes to some of the divisions, so you can go for a benchmark or you can compete against other schools where in the past you could just compete against other schools.” 

Collet noted that Wartburg’s competition would not participate in the benchmarks but would still compete against other schools. Collet also said that the sustainability office would be hosting two events in the near future. On Thursday, February 18 they will be hosting a Carbon Footprint Calculator Event via Zoom and limited spots in person. They will also co-host a Bingo Night with Entertainment ToKnight in March.  

A full story about the sustainability office and Race to Zero Waste will be released in the Trumpet at a later date. 

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