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URI sustainability club competes in EPA recycling challenge

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 12/23/2010
Tags: Waste Living Green

Image courtesy of: URI Communications

It was a long day of collecting bottles and cans, sorting through dumpsters, weighing recyclables and educating fans, but the members of the University of Rhode Island’s Student Action for Sustainability group have a great deal to be proud of for participating in the Game Day Challenge.

The event, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pitted 80 student teams from across the country in a recycling contest at a home football game. And while the URI team didn’t finish near the top of the standings, they learned what steps the university and its fans must take to increase their recycling rate and have a better outcome next year.

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