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Georgian Court University Places in Top 40 in National Recyclemania Competition

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 24, 2009—In its best showing since GCU began competing in Recyclemania in 2007, the university placed 34th out of 206 nationally and 2nd in the state of New Jersey with a 39.97% recycling rate in the Grand Champion Competition, which measures recycling rate.

In total, 510 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada took part in the 2009 Recyclemania competition whose aim it was to reduce waste. The 4.7 million students and 1.1 million faculty and staff on these campuses collectively recycled or composted just over 69.4 million pounds of waste over 10 weeks.

In addition to the Grand Champion Competition, GCU placed 189th out of 293 schools nationally and 4th in New Jersey out of 11 with 8.18 cumulative pounds per person in the Per Capita Classic, which measures pounds of recyclables per person.

In the Waste Minimization category, which measures the total pounds of waste generated per person, GCU placed 17th out of 148 nationally and 2nd in New Jersey out of 6 with 20.46 cumulative pounds per person.

GCU placed 238th out of 293 nationally and 8th out of 11 in New Jersey with 22,346 pounds of material recycled for the Gorilla Prize category. Rutgers won the national Gorilla Prize.

“All of our faculty, staff, and student efforts like this make GCU a leader in environmental sustainability,” said Andrew Christ, assistant vice president for operations. “Even though the competition is over, we will still continue to reuse, reduce, and recycle every day in every possible.”

Other Georgian Court University environmental sustainability initiatives undertaken:

  • In July, GCU became the first higher education institution in New Jersey to purchase all of its electricity from renewable resources through the purchase of approximately 6,122,000 KWh of wind power.
  • GCU dedicated the Wellness Center Complex in September, which is currently being considered for Gold LEED certification.
  • GCU has been recognized by the EPA as a member of the “Green Power Leadership Club” for exemplary green power procurement.
  • GCU was awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities 2008 New Jersey Clean Energy Leadership Awards.
  • GCU is an EPA “WasteWise Partner,” demonstrating a commitment to waste reduction.
  • GCU’s President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., committed to having the campus become climate neutral, signed the American Colleges & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining the leaders of more than 600 institutions across the country committed to sharply reducing and eventually eliminating all of the university’s global warming emissions, and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize Earth’s climate.
  • Last November, Georgian Court University held Environmental Awareness Week, a weeklong series of workshops and lectures on how we can act “in harmony and interdependence with all creation,” a goal of the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University’s sponsoring organization. As a sponsored work, Georgian Court University believes that all creation is God’s gift and that we should treat our home, Earth, with reverence and responsible care.
  • GCU students and staff regularly participate in lake and beach clean-up.
  • GCU faculty have received grants
    -to study invasive sand dune grasses and their impact on the environment,
    -to develop a middle school curriculum to teach about the environment, and
    -to do instruction on water conservation.
  • GCU students and faculty attend meetings of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
  • Georgian Court University also received a grant to teach middle school girls about the effect of their everyday actions on the natural environment.
  • Last summer, Georgian Court University ran an environmental summer camp for high school girls.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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