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Student Green Team Hosting Clothing Recycling Fundraiser, Apr. 22-May 6

The Richland College Student Green Team, in partnership with the World Wear Project Green Fundraiser Program, is inviting all employees, students and the local community to donate unused clothing, shoes and other textiles. The Student Green Team will earn 12 cents per pound to help fund educational resources, project materials and supplies, field trips, team T-shirt expenses and recognition awards.

The World Wear Project clothing bin will be temporarily located in parking lot E, near the Walnut Street entrance of Richland College. Donation boxes will also be located for item drop-offs in the El Paso Hallway.

By donating your gently used shoes, clothing, purses, belts, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, stuffed animals, toys, pots and pans, you will help divert thousands of pounds of waste from local landfills. Many of the donated items will ship globally to help businesses and disaster victims.

For questions, please contact Sonia Ford at ext. 6109 or sford@dcccd.edu.


Richland College 1st in Texas, 3rd nationally in 2014 RecycleMania competition

RM_logo_2014Richland College was named the 2014 RecycleMania Grand Champion of Texas and ranked third nationally out of 461 participating colleges and universities.

RecycleMania’s mission of inspiring environmental and social consciousness fits perfectly with Richland College’s vision to build sustainable local and world community. Richland has participated in RecycleMania since 2009, taking the Texas Grand Champion title in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

RecycleMania’s Grand Champion category is based on a weekly recycling rate. Richland’s recycling rate for the competition was 75.1 percent. Antioch University Seattle was the 2014 RecycleMania National Grand Champion with a weekly recycling rate of 93.13 percent. University of Missouri-Kansas City finished second with 81.05 percent.

During 2014 RecycleMania, participating institutions collectively recycled or composted 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere – equal to the annual emissions from 24,823 cars.

According to RecycleMania, Richland College’s activities during this year’s competition prevented the release of 335 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or the same reduction in greenhouse gases as removing 66 passenger cars from the road.

RecycleMania started in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The competition has expanded from two schools in 2001 to 461 colleges and universities in 2014 spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Complete results for all 11 competition categories can be found on recyclemania.org, including a breakdown showing how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state and other groupings.


Call for Entries: Water and sustainability theme for “Water: More or Less” exhibit at Richland College

Water RLC headerRichland College of the Dallas County Community College District is now accepting entries for its juried art show, “Water: More or Less,” which opens Jan. 30. The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment. Entries are due by Sat., Dec. 5. Download prospectus.

All artists who apply must live in Texas or bordering states including Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. All media will be accepted but must not weigh over 30 lbs. The entry fee is $15. For more details on eligibility and application instructions, visit www.callforentry.org.

New York City artist Paul Villinksi will be the juror for this show and $1,500 in awards will be given. His inventive use of recycled materials and found objects captivates viewers by revealing the creative potential dormant in the ordinary. Villinksi’s “Emergency Response Studio,” a repurposed FEMA trailer, utilizes green methods of construction to confront topics of local responsibility and art within the community.

“Water: More or Less” was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College on Jan. 30. Acceptance notifications will be distributed on Dec. 20. Accepted works must delivered to Richland College by Jan. 15 and will be featured in a commemorative catalog.

For more information, contact gallery coordinator Ryder Richards at rrichards@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6339 or visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/artandscience/water.