The Illinois Recycling Association(IRA) chose UIC to receive the Grand Champion award for Outstanding College and University Recycling Program for 2010-2011. UIC was acknowledged for demonstrating the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling among Illinois colleges and universities competing at RecycleMania. Recyclemania is a national competition of four year colleges and universities. In 2011, 660 schools were involved. UIC placed 9th in the nation in total tonnage of recyclables, with 719,354 pounds of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans captured in the recycling stream in an eight week period.
Michael Mitchell, Executive Director of IRA presented the award at UIC on Thursday, October 6th, at 10:00 am in the offices of Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Receiving the award together with Mr. Donovan was Cynthia Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability.
Pictured above from left to right: Pablo Acevedo, Associate Director of Facilities Management; Clarence Bridges, Director of Operations and Maintenance; Michael Mitchell; Mark Donovan; and Cynthia Klein-Banai.