Students who live in the 10 residence halls at Rose Hill and McMahon Hall at Lincoln Center will again compete against each other in RecycleMania, a nationwide recycling competition that began on Jan. 22.
The contest, which runs through March 31, measures the amount of paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic the residents of each building collect, as well as how little solid waste they generate. The event seeks to increase recycling on campuses and highlight the work done by universities’ sustainability programs.
Last year was the first year that Fordham participated in the contest, which began in 2001 and has grown to include 576 schools. As in the past, the University will be competing in the “benchmark” division of the competition. Although Fordham will not be directly competing with other schools, the individual dorms on campus will be ranked against each other.
Weekly updates will be issued by sustainability consultant Great Forest and sent to the residence halls weekly so students can track their progress. At the end of the competition, the winning dorm will receive a trophy, along with the satisfaction that they’re the greenest of all.
New GSE Program Aims to Benefit Undergrads and Struggling Schools
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) started off 2012 by launching a new program to help struggling New York City public schools.
Last month, the school announced on its blog that the scholarship-funded program, Teacher Residency Scholars Program in Adolescence Education, will combine academic coursework with an ongoing residence in a classroom setting.
The scholars—undergraduates pursuing careers in teaching—will serve as student teachers in four Bronx schools, gaining hands-on experience in the classroom while assisting schools in their neighborhood. Following completion of the program, residency scholars will be required to teach in struggling New York state schools.
The program, funded by a $2.5 million grant from the state Education Department, will allow participants to pursue a master of science in teaching and become eligible for certification in New York.
The school also released its latest edition of “GSE: Facts & Figures,” which outlines its most recent statistics, including its ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s top 20 private schools of education and its participation in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.