Recycling Residence Hall Style

Wednesday, January 20 2010

Written by Tina Deines

MOSCOW, Idaho – The residence halls are full of recycling maniacs, as University of Idaho Housing participates in Recyclemania for the second year.

Recyclemania is a nationwide competition between universities to see which institution can recycle the most from Jan. 17 - March 27. Volunteers will weigh the recyclables in the residence halls and tally them up throughout the duration of Recyclemania. The participants from the winning hall will get a pizza party and prizes from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center.

This year’s competition will surpass last year with several sustainable events embedded from January to March. Events include an invitation to download special E-print software to personal computers, perks for using reusable mugs at Campus Dining locations, and an “unusual recycling” week. University Housing will conclude the events by making Global Block Party, a trademark of Vandal Friday, a minimum waste event.

Tara George, assistant director of resident services, said she hopes University Housing will become a positive model across campus through Recyclemania.

“We can set a good example for our students by leading in the cause,” she said.
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit