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CMN Scores Mid-Range Ranking In National Recycling Competition


Every year, the College of Menominee Nation joins dozens of other colleges and universities in a national challenge to gauge their campuses’ commitments to recycling. While COVID-19 made the competition shorter than usual this year, CMN’s dedicated volunteers and a helpful worm farm won a respectable 93rd place among the 189 competing institutions across the U.S.


Known as RecycleMania, the multi-week event is led locally by CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) as an opportunity for the College’s community to focus on what’s wasted and how some waste is recycled.


Rebecca Edler of the SDI staff reports that CMN collected 1,678 pounds of recyclable materials and 1,259 pounds of waste in the Feb. 2 to March 28 tournament period. She adds, “In addition this year, thanks to volunteer Manih Boyd and a big team of worms, we are also reporting 128 pounds of compost.”


Tournament results are based on a pounds recycled per capital basis, so the competition has a level playing field for participant institutions ranging in size from major universities such as Purdue and Michigan State to mid-size institutions and small colleges. CMN’s rank this year was 93rd among the 189 taking part. Other Wisconsin participants and their rankings were the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (66th), UW-Whitewater (81st), UW-River Falls (105th), and UW-Stout (142nd). Edler says that special congratulations go to CMN staff members Guy Reiter and Manih Boyd, AmericCorps VISTA worker Emma Ardington, and faculty member Dr. Frank Kutka. Each earned a Sustainability Patch for exceptional volunteer efforts with RecycleMania.


The competition is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation.