Kick-Off Event Planned for Friday, April 5 At Wilkes University
Students from Wilkes University and King’s College will square off for a different kind of competition – and Planet Earth will be the beneficiary. On Friday, April 5, students will kick-off a recycling competition on their respective campuses. The goal: to see which school can recycle the most white office paper during a three-week period. The kick-off event for the “Reuse, Recycle, Win” competition will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Henry Student Center on the Wilkes University campus. The kick off will feature music and food. The winner will be announced at an April 26 Earth Week event at King’s.
Office paper will be collected on each campus in barrels placed at several locations around campus. Each school will have 15 barrels, which they have received from Scranton Cooperage. The amount of paper will be measured weekly and progress will be charted on a display in the student centers at each school. The competition has been organized by environmental engineering and earth science majors at Wilkes and by members of the Environmental Awareness and Outdoor Club at King’s.
The event will be capped by Earth Week activities involving students from both schools, beginning with an Earth Day cleanup of Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on April 22. The results of the recycling competition will be announced at the King’s College Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 26, where the winning school will be presented with a recycled art trophy made by Sue Guzic, a Hughestown, Pa., mixed media artist.
Student leaders of the competition are Steven Adames at Wilkes and Jonathan Durland at King’s. Adames said that a course in recycling metrics at Wilkes spurred the interest of students there. His involvement is related to his career goals.
Adames says, “I am an environmental engineer who is trying to save the world, one step at a time. I will do good in this world, no matter what obstacles come in my way.”
King’s College student Jonathan Durland, president of the school’s Environmental Awareness and Outdoor Club, said, “Reuse, Recycle, Win is important to our organization for a number of reasons. Primarily, our goal is to raise awareness among the King's College community in regards to recycling practices in addition to more broad sustainability ideas. We hope this competition will serve as an excellent opportunity for our entire community to work together towards creating a more sustainable campus environment both now and in the future.”