January 10, 2012

College & University Recycling Coalition Announces Webinar Series

Nation’s premier organization for campus-based recycling professionals schedules educational programs for 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2012) – The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), the nation’s premier organization for campus-based recycling professionals, has announced the schedule for its series of 2012 educational webinars, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful.

CURC webinars feature recognized collegiate and industry recycling experts covering a range of topics related to sustainable materials management.

The 2012 schedule presents a balanced menu of topics to serve all CURC members, whether they are just beginning a recycling program or fine-tuning an existing one. Join CURC for an exciting year of discussion and learning, as it addresses some of the most pressing issues in collegiate recycling.

“Our partnership with Keep America Beautiful and CURC is a perfect way to engage campus-based recycling professionals in the latest trends for recycling and reducing waste,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Even small, impactful changes can lead to significant improvements for the environment.”

All webinars are free to registered participants. The schedule (all presentations take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, unless otherwise noted) and topics are as follows:

  • January 12, 2012: Special Concerns in Recycling: Lab & Hospital Waste

  • March 8, 2012: Purchasing Processing Equipment and Vehicles for College Recycling Operations

  • May 10, 2012: Recycling Education and Awareness – Tools, Tips and Ideas for Campus and Community Outreach

  • July 12, 2012: Business of Recycling: Contracts, Pricing, Financing and Budgeting

  • September 13, 2012: Composting: Technology and Logistics of Handling Food Waste in Dining Halls and at Special Events

  • November 8, 2012: Measurement and Verification: The Role of Recycling in Existing Sustainability Rating Systems

Click here to register.

About the College & University Recycling Council
The College & University Recycling Council (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling professionals seeking to exchange technical knowledge and best practices on recycling and waste reduction programs between institutions of higher learning. Originally formed in 1992, CURC became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995 before branching off as an independent organization in 2009. Today, CURC counts nearly 900 members and is led by a steering committee made up of recycling and sustainability program managers from universities across the United States. Among other initiatives, CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through a free webinar series, annual workshops, a quarterly e-newsletter, the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. For more information, go to www.curc3r.org.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.alcoafoundation.com.

About Alcoa Recycling
Alcoa and the aluminum industry have a goal to increase can recycling rates in America to 75% by 2015. To hit this goal, Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation have distributed more than 75,000 recycling bins, launched our Make an Impact calculator to help families live more sustainably, created the Aluminate™ recycling app and, in the last five years, invested nearly $3.5 million in community recycling programs across the country.  If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would reach our goal. Together, we CAN make a difference. Visit www.alcoarecycling.com.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.