Category: Sustainability

Donate Your Denim

By , February 17, 2014 5:51 pm

Denim DriveJoin UMKC Student Veterans Organization next week to donate your denim!

Denim will be recycled into insulation to be used by Habitat for Humanity in their building projects.

Donations can be dropped off at the UMKC Bookstore, Miller Nichols Library, and Oak Street Residence Hall between February 24th through the 28th.

Contact Jude Castro IV at for more information.

Help UMKC Score Big: RecycleMania 2014!

By , February 3, 2014 4:50 pm

RecycleManiaThe university beat hundreds of institutions to win 2013’s RecycleMania

UMKC is gearing up to defend its title as the RecycleMania Grand Champion. The annual eight-week collegiate recycling competition determines which institution can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. Last year, that institution was UMKC. This year, the university is hoping for a repeat performance.

The competition will run Feb. 2- Mar. 30. This will be UMKC’s seventh year participating in RecycleMania. Every year, the campus has risen in the rankings. Last year, the university ranked No. 1 out of more than 260 competing campuses in the Grand Champion category of the annual competition. UMKC won with an 86 percent recycling rate.

“We’re fortunate to have a campus community that is passionate about sustainability. Last year, we rallied around a cause and our hard work paid off. This year, I hope that we can once again raise awareness and enact good habits that stick with us all year-round,” Kaye Johnston, UMKC Sustainability coordinator, said.

Schools compete in 11 categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis; which produces the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. The university will host several RecycleMania-related events during the competition. The events will appear on the UMKC Calendar.

Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.

“RecycleMania is exciting because it builds on traditional college rivalries by adding recycling to the list of things that schools can brag about when it comes to their archrivals,” said Stacy Wheeler, president of RecycleMania, Inc. ”The competition aspect of the event makes it fun and helps to encourage everyone on the entire campus to make recycling a part of their daily routines.”

A complete list of participants can be found at For more information about UMKC’s Sustainability program, visit the UMKC Sustainability blog.

Recycle your old holiday lights at UMKC

By , December 3, 2013 1:54 pm

Holiday Lights Logo 3As part of UMKC’s commitment to sustainability and recycling, UMKC is a collection point for recycling of non-working holidays lights.  The collection of these lights goes to Southeast Enterprise, a local Sheltered Workshop. The collection extends through January 26, 2014.

Collection Points:

Volker Campus: General Services Building, back dock (off Troost between 51st & 52nd) Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm –

Hospital Hill Campus: Dental School Building, 650 E. 25th Street, 2nd Floor (outside of Canteen). Monday-Friday7:30am—3:00pm



Switch Energy Project

By , April 16, 2013 8:20 am

Is fracking polluting our water?  How dangerous is nuclear?  Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal?  Will renewables power our future?

Get the straight answers to today’s most important energy questions in Switch, the acclaimed new documentary and web video series.  Screening will take place at 4pm on April 16 in the Student Union Theater.

In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to bio-fuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

Switch will screen at 250 universities across the country as part of the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Pro-gram, which also includes a campus ambassador program and efficiency drive.

Switch and the Geological Society of America are part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

Please contact Curtis Lewis, or Deanna Ketner, for further information on this event.

Sponsored by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists UMKC Chapter and the Center for Applied Environmental Research, Department of Geosciences.

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