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College & University Recycling Coalition Announces 2013 Webinar Series

Nation's premier organization for campus-based recycling professionals continues to offer free bi-monthly educational programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2013) – The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), has announced the schedule for its 2013 series of educational webinars, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation. The series of six, bi-monthly programs will provide technical best practices information and case study presentations to an average audience of 150 college recycling and sustainability professionals.

“There is a tremendous amount of knowledge on college campuses about how to build effective recycling programs,” said Robyn Hathcock, Chair, CURC. “That college and university-based experience is key to putting sustainable materials management at the forefront in the US.  Our goal with the CURC webinar series is to bring together that local campus expertise, share it with other campus recycling programs and let it blossom from there.“

CURC webinars feature recognized collegiate and industry recycling experts covering a range of topics related to sustainable materials management. The 2013 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.

“Alcoa Foundation is proud to sponsor the CURC webinar series, which allows waste and recycling experts to share best practices with campus-based sustainability professionals who are creating ‘greener’ campuses,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Alcoa is committed to reaching a 75 percent recycling rate in the U.S., and colleges and universities present enormous opportunities to advance this goal by building awareness, supporting direct action and providing inspiration and incentives for the entire community.”

Join CURC for an exciting year of discussion and learning, as it addresses some of the most pressing issues in collegiate recycling.  All presentations are free to registered participants and take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, unless otherwise noted. The schedule and topics are as follows:

  • February 14, 2013: E-Waste Recycling Program Expansion: Best Practices and Recovery Strategies for Batteries, Handheld Personal Devices and More
  • April 11, 2013: Institutionalizing Recycling at Special Events    October 10,  2013: Composting On Campus: Trends, Innovations and Best Management Practices
  • June 13, 2013: Effective and Affordable Community-Based Social Marketing Strategies to Increase Recycling and Reduce Waste On Campus   
  • October 10,  2013: Composting On Campus: Trends, Innovations and Best Management Practices
  • August 8, 2013: Bins from A to Z: Procurement, Placement, Signage and Management
  • December 12, 2013: Retail Dining Operations: Opportunities for Source Reduction and Materials Management

About the College & University Recycling Coalition
The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling and sustainability 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 board of directors 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$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 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 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, reaching 36,000 children, serving 13,000 meals, recycling 265,000 aluminum cans, and supporting 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit www.kab.org.

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