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  1. Competition Review Period Begins

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste participants,

     

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for participating in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste; the competition ended this past Saturday, March 26. And the Review Period has begun!

     

    The Review Period is two weeks and will end on Monday, April 11 (end of day).

     

    Please take this two-week period to review your ReTRAC data, update your placeholder data, and make any necessary changes by the April 11 deadline.

     

    IF YOU NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES PLEASE EMAIL CR2ZW@NWF.ORG (or simply respond to this email) AND REQUEST THAT YOUR REPORTS BE RETURNED TO DRAFT.

     

    Once the review period closes, the CR2ZW team will being vetting the top-ranking campuses for each category. If your campus is among the top ranked for a category, please be ready to share your data documentation. The unofficial category reports will be posted online by April 15 (in time for Earth Day), and final announcements will be made by April 28, celebrating the winners, all competition participants, and the overall impact of the competition in waste reduction. Communication of the final results of the competition will include: national press release, blog, template press release for schools to use, email blasts, and social media.

     

    Please reach out with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

  2. Week 8 Reporting, Review Period, Upcoming Webinars and Events

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: CR2ZW <CR2ZW@nwf.org>
    Sent: Friday, March 25, 2022 11:28 AM
    To: CR2ZW
    Subject: Week 8 Reporting, Review Period, Upcoming Webinars and Events

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

    Congratulations for crossing the finish line for the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition! Please see below for details on reporting for the final week (week 8) of the competition, as well as the review period, March 27 through April 11.

    FEATURED INFO IN THIS EMAIL: (more details bellow)

    • Review Period, March 27 through April 11, 2022
    • Share VIDEOS AND PHOTOS from your competitions, use #CR2ZW2022
    • Week 8 ends tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, 2022
    • April 5 Webinar: New PLASTICS REDUCTION PARTNER CERTIFICATION Program
    • EcoCareers 2022 – April 6-7, Register Today
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Fellowship Stipend)

    UPCOMING DEADLINES, AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:

    • The Review Period for all competition participants begins Sunday, March 27 through Monday, April 11 (end of day). Please take this two-week period to review your ReTRAC data, update your placeholder data, and make any necessary changes. IF YOU NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES PLEASE EMAIL CR2ZW@NWF.ORG AND REQUEST THAT YOUR REPORTS BE RETURNED TO DRAFT. Once the review period closes, the CR2ZW team will being vetting the top-ranking campuses for each category. If your campus is among the top ranked for a category, please be ready to share your data documentation. Please reach out with any questions.
    • Share VIDEOS AND PHOTOS from your competitions! Use hashtag #CR2ZW2022 when posting your photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok.
    • Week 8 reporting is due Wednesday, March 30. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 8, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
    • Zero Waste M8ain Category Participants – There are separate reports in ReTRAC to complete if you are participating in the main, 8-week Zero Waste category (tracking trash, recycling, food organics and materials for reuse); This category doesn’t not have a real-time weekly ranking report due to the “materials for reuse reporting.”
      • Step 1: Fill out “Zero Waste Building Description and Identification Survey” to share information about the three buildings that are participating.
      • Step 2: There are weekly Zero Waste reports (similar to the weekly reports for Diversion, Per Capita Recycling and Food Organics) to be filled out each week.
      • Step 3: The “Zero Waste Building Waste Audit/Waste Minimization Survey” should be completed by the end of the competition/review period. The waste audit has been waived for 2022, so please do not complete that section of the survey. Please complete the “Waste Minimization Activities” section only.

    Note: The guidance above is for the main, 8-week Zero Waste category only. The Race to Zero Waste

    – One Building Challenge is a special category, requiring one-month tracking; reporting due by end
    of the competition/review period.

     

    • April 5 Webinar – Learn about New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus. There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner. National Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement. Register for April 5 Webinar to learn more about this new program.
    • EcoCareers 2022, April 6-7 - The 2022 EcoCareers Conference will feature keynotes and panels about academic pathways and careers in health and wellness, environmental justice, urban planning, environmental education, and more. On top of that, NWF will have interactive project and career planning workshops for students of all levels on both days of the conference. Please join us for this two-day online event on April 6th and 7th, 2022 to hear from leading sustainability sector experts! These professionals will be sharing their insights, advice, and inspirational stories and represent industry and business leaders, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and successful entrepreneurs. Register for the 2022 EcoCareers Conference as an individual student, faculty or staff. Registration is FREE for members of the NWF EcoLeaders Online Community (joining EcoLeaders is also FREE).
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Stipend): PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CAMPUS NETWORK - National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network. Applications are due April 22, 2022.

    Please contact me with any questions.

    Thanks, take care,
    Kristy

    ---------
    Kristy Jones
    Director, Higher Education Programs
    Campus Race to Zero Waste Manager, www.CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org
    National Wildlife Federation
    703-438-6262
    www.nwf.org
    Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world

  3. Week 7 Report and Upcoming Webinars

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

     

    I hope everyone is doing well. We are headed into the last week (Week 8) of the competition this Sunday!

     

    FEATURED INFO in this Email: (more details bellow)

    • Share VIDEOS AND PHOTOS from your competitions, #CR2ZW2022
    • Week 7 ends tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, 2022
    • Week 8 begins Sunday, March 20, 2022, Review Period begins
    • March 23 Webinar: Learn about the Food Recovery Network and how to start a chapter on your campus
    • April 5 Webinar: New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Fellowship Stipend)
    • EcoCareers 2022 – 30% Discount on Campus Sponsorships for CR2ZW Partners

     

    Upcoming deadlines, and other key information and resources:

    • Share VIDEOS AND PHOTOS from your competitions! Use hashtag #CR2ZW2022 when posting your photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok.
       
    • Week 7 reporting is due Wednesday, March 23. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 7, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week 7 report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
      • Zero Waste Main Category Participants – There are separate reports in ReTRAC to complete if you are participating in the main, 8-week Zero Waste category (tracking trash, recycling, food organics and materials for reuse); This category doesn’t not have a real-time weekly ranking report due to the “materials for reuse reporting.”
        • Step 1: Fill out “Zero Waste Building Description and Identification Survey” to share information about the three buildings that are participating.
        • Step 2: There are weekly Zero Waste reports (similar to the weekly reports for Diversion, Per Capita Recycling and Food Organics) to be filled out each week.
        • Step 3: The “Zero Waste Building Waste Audit/Waste Minimization Survey” should be completed by the end of the competition/review period. The waste audit has been waived for 2022, so please do not complete that section of the survey. Please complete the “Waste Minimization Activities” section only.

    Note: The guidance above is for the main, 8-week Zero Waste category only. The Race to Zero Waste – One Building Challenge is a special category, requiring one-month tracking; reporting due by end of the competition/review period.

    • Week 8 begins Sunday, March 20 through Saturday, March 26. Reporting for Week 8 is due, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
    • The Review Period for all competition participants begins Monday, March 28 through Monday, April 11. More details to come in next week’s email communication.
    • March 23 Webinar – Learn about the Food Recovery Network and how to start a chapter on your campus. During this special info session, you will learn more about how FRN can support your passion for tackling waste on your campus and making your community more sustainable. FRN staff and chapter leaders themselves will share all the details on what FRN is up to, how to start a chapter on your campus, and the different ways you can be involved - from recovering surplus food and beyond. There will be plenty of time to answer any and all questions and FRN will share their top tips for getting started. Register: https://bit.ly/CR2ZW_FRN_infosession
    • April 5 Webinar – Learn about New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus.  There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner. National Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement. Register for April 5 Webinar to learn more about this new program.
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Stipend): PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CAMPUS NETWORK - National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network. Applications are due April 22, 2022.
    • EcoCareers 2022, April 6-7 -  The 2022 EcoCareers Conference will feature keynotes and panels about academic pathways and careers in health and wellness, environmental justice, urban planning, environmental education, and more. On top of that, NWF will have interactive project and career planning workshops for students of all levels on both days of the conference. Please join us for this two-day online event on April 6th and 7th, 2022 to hear from leading sustainability sector experts! These professionals will be sharing their insights, advice, and inspirational stories and represent industry and business leaders, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and successful entrepreneurs. Register for the 2022 EcoCareers Conference as an individual student, faculty or staff. Registration is FREE for members of the NWF EcoLeaders Online Community (joining EcoLeaders is also FREE).

     

    Please contact me with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

     

    Kristy Jones

    Director, Higher Education Programs

    Campus Race to Zero Waste Manager, www.CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org

    National Wildlife Federation

    703-438-6262

     

  4. Week 6 Report and Plastic Reductions Partner Certification Webinar

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

     

    I hope everyone is doing well. Week 7 begins this Sunday!

     

    Just a reminder, If your campus is unable to track waste, please consider hosting an online education and engagement campaign during the competition timeframe. Please see attached for the CR2ZW 2022 participant badge (two file formats). Please post this on your websites, and share via social media to highlight and celebrate your participation in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste!

     

    FEATURED INFO in this Email: (more details bellow)

    • Share videos and photos from your competitions
    • Week 6 ends tomorrow, Saturday, March 12, 2022
    • Week 7 begins Sunday, March 13, 2022
    • April 5 Webinar: New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Fellowship Stipend)
    • EcoCareers 2022 – 30% Discount on Campus Sponsorships for CR2ZW Partners

     

    Upcoming deadlines, and other key information and resources:

    • Share videos and photos from your competitions! Use hashtag #CR2ZW2022 when posting your photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok.
       
    • Week 6 reporting is due Wednesday, March 16. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 6, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week 6 report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
      • Zero Waste Main Category Participants – There are separate reports in ReTRAC to complete if you are participating in the main, 8-week Zero Waste category (tracking trash, recycling, food organics and materials for reuse); This category doesn’t not have a real-time weekly ranking report due to the “materials for reuse reporting.”
        • Step 1: Fill out “Zero Waste Building Description and Identification Survey” to share information about the three buildings that are participating.
        • Step 2: There are weekly Zero Waste reports (similar to the weekly reports for Diversion, Per Capita Recycling and Food Organics) to be filled out each week.
        • Step 3: The “Zero Waste Building Waste Audit/Waste Minimization Survey” should be completed by the end of the competition/review period. The waste audit has been waived for 2022, so please do not complete that section of the survey. Please complete the “Waste Minimization Activities” section only.

    Note: The guidance above is for the main, 8-week Zero Waste category only. The Race to Zero Waste – One Building Challenge is a special category, requiring one-month tracking; reporting due by end of the competition/review period.

    • Week 7 begins Sunday, March 13 through Saturday, March 19. Reporting for Week 7 is due, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
    • April 5 Webinar – Learn about New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus.  There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner. National Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement. Register for April 5 Webinar to learn more about this new program.
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Stipend): PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CAMPUS NETWORK - National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network. Applications are due April 22, 2022.
    • 30% Discount for CR2ZW campuses for 2022 EcoCareers Conference. National Wildlife Federation is excited to offer Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021 and 2022 competition participants a discounted opportunity to become an EcoCareers Campus Sponsor for the upcoming 2022 EcoCareers Conference (April 6-7). Use the promo code “32100” to access 30% off campus sponsorship membership! NWF is currently planning the agenda for the 2022 EcoCareers Conference which will feature keynotes and panels about academic pathways and careers in health and wellness, environmental justice, urban planning, environmental education, and more. On top of that, NWF will have interactive project and career planning workshops for students of all levels on both days of the conference. Learn more.  Please reach out to me if you are interested in this opportunity.

     

    More 2022 CR2ZW Competition Resources:

     

    • Check out CR2ZW Guide: Ideas and resources for hosting an online education and engagement campaign. If you are participating in the competition online only, please choose “special category > case study competition” during registration; if you need to make changes to your registration, please reach out to me.
    • Student/Staff FTE: During registration, campuses are asked to enter in their student and staff numbers. We provide a link to a data sheet with this info; however, this information is from late 2020/early 2021, so if you have more current numbers please enter those numbers in. We can update these numbers anytime during registration. We understand that campuses may not be at full capacity.
    • Quick Links – Check out key resources and information for Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 campus participants including the 2022 Scoreboard, downloadable templates, info on volume to weight estimates, and more. The 2022 Scoreboard will be updated with real-time report links in time for the beginning of the competition.  

     

    Please contact me with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

    -----------------

    Kristy Jones

    Director, Higher Education Programs

    Campus Race to Zero Waste Manager, www.CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org

    National Wildlife Federation

    703-438-6262

  5. Week 5 Report and Student Fellowships

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

     

    I hope everyone is doing well. Week 6 begins this Sunday!

     

    Just a reminder, If your campus is unable to track waste, please consider hosting an online education and engagement campaign during the competition timeframe. Please see attached for the CR2ZW 2022 participant badge (two file formats). Please post this on your websites, and share via social media to highlight and celebrate your participation in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste!

     

    FEATURED INFO in this Email: (more details bellow)

    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Fellowship Stipend)
    • Week 5 ends tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, 2022
    • Week 6 begins Sunday, March 6, 2022
    • EcoCareers 2022 – 30% Discount on Campus Sponsorships for CR2ZW Partners
    • April 5 Webinar: New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program

     

    Upcoming deadlines, and other key information and resources:

    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities ($6,000 Stipend): PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CAMPUS NETWORK - National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network.
    • Week 5 reporting is due Wednesday, March 9. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 5, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week 5 report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
      • Zero Waste Main Category Participants – There are separate reports in ReTRAC to complete if you are participating in the main, 8-week Zero Waste category (tracking trash, recycling, food organics and materials for reuse); This category doesn’t not have a real-time weekly ranking report due to the “materials for reuse reporting.”
        • Step 1: Fill out “Zero Waste Building Description and Identification Survey” to share information about the three buildings that are participating.
        • Step 2: There are weekly Zero Waste reports (similar to the weekly reports for Diversion, Per Capita Recycling and Food Organics) to be filled out each week.
        • Step 3: The “Zero Waste Building Waste Audit/Waste Minimization Survey” should be completed by the end of the competition/review period. The waste audit has been waived for 2022, so please do not complete that section of the survey. Please complete the “Waste Minimization Activities” section only.

    Note: The guidance above is for the main, 8-week Zero Waste category only. The Race to Zero Waste – One Building Challenge is a special category, requiring one-month tracking; reporting due by end of the competition/review period.

    • Week 6 begins Sunday, March 6 through Saturday, March 12. Reporting for Week 6 is due, Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
    • 30% Discount for CR2ZW campuses for 2022 EcoCareers Conference. National Wildlife Federation is excited to offer Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021 and 2022 competition participants a discounted opportunity to become an EcoCareers Campus Sponsor for the upcoming 2022 EcoCareers Conference (April 6-7). Use the promo code “32100” to access 30% off campus sponsorship membership! NWF is currently planning the agenda for the 2022 EcoCareers Conference which will feature keynotes and panels about academic pathways and careers in health and wellness, environmental justice, urban planning, environmental education, and more. On top of that, NWF will have interactive project and career planning workshops for students of all levels on both days of the conference. Learn more.  Please reach out to me if you are interested in this opportunity.
    • April 5 Webinar - New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus.  There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner. National Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement. Register for April 5 Webinar to learn more about this new program.

     

    More 2022 CR2ZW Competition Resources:

     

    • Check out CR2ZW Guide: Ideas and resources for hosting an online education and engagement campaign. If you are participating in the competition online only, please choose “special category > case study competition” during registration; if you need to make changes to your registration, please reach out to me.
    • Student/Staff FTE: During registration, campuses are asked to enter in their student and staff numbers. We provide a link to a data sheet with this info; however, this information is from late 2020/early 2021, so if you have more current numbers please enter those numbers in. We can update these numbers anytime during registration. We understand that campuses may not be at full capacity.
    • Quick Links – Check out key resources and information for Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 campus participants including the 2022 Scoreboard, downloadable templates, info on volume to weight estimates, and more. The 2022 Scoreboard will be updated with real-time report links in time for the beginning of the competition.  
    • Competition Tracking and Reporting Webinar Recording – You can watch all webinar recordings from the fall at this link. If you have any questions about tracking and reporting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Please contact me with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

    ------------------

     

    Kristy Jones

    Director, Higher Education Programs

    Campus Race to Zero Waste Manager, www.CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org

    National Wildlife Federation

    703-438-6262

  6. Archived Info - Project Description

    Associated Project(s): 

    For the first time since 2014, we are participating in a national race for campuses across the country to show their commitment to recycling and reducing landfill waste. The Campus Race to Zero Waste, formerly known as Recyclemania, runs from January 31, 2021 to March 27, 2021. Each week, F&S will gather and report the waste data from campus, and iSEE will promote recycling and waste reduction across campus. Together, we can strengthen and show our Illini commitment to protecting the environment and implementing the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) objective to reduce landfill waste.

  7. CR2ZW 2022 Week 2 Reporting, Week 3 Begins, Student Fellowships, Plastics Reduction Certification & More!

    Associated Project(s): 

    The following message was sent on behalf of Kristy Jones, the Director of Higher Education Programs and RecycleMania Manager of the National Wildlife Federation:

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

     

    Thank you for participating in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition!

     

    The CR2ZW team is excited that so many campuses are joining us for this year’s competition. This year’s competition will be flexible; we are encouraging campuses to track your waste and report as much as you can. If you are unable to track waste on campus, please consider hosting an online education and engagement campaign during the competition timeframe. Please reach out to me anytime with questions. (respond to this email, or call 703-438-6262). Please see attached for the CR2ZW 2022 participant badge (two file formats). Please post this on your websites, and share via social media to highlight and celebrate your participation in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste!

    FEATURED INFO IN THIS EMAIL: (more details bellow)

    • Week 2 ends tomorrow, Saturday, February 12, 2022
    • Week 3 begins Sunday, February 13, 2022M
    • March 1 Webinar: Learn about the 2022 Case Study Opportunity
    • New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities
    • EcoCareers 2022 – 30% Discount on Campus Sponsorships for CR2ZW Partners

     

    UPCOMING DEADLINES, AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:

    • Week 2 reporting is due Wednesday, February 16. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 2, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week 2 report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
    • Week 3 begins Sunday, February 13 through Saturday, February 19. Reporting for Week 3 is due, Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
    • March 1 Webinar: CR2ZW 2022 Case Study Opportunity. Join us on Tuesday, March 1 at 1:00pm Eastern to learn about case study categories, best practices in writing a case study, visuals to boost your case study, and recognition opportunities. Register for Webinar
    • New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus.  There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner. National Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Movement
    • National Wildlife Federation is excited to offer Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021 and 2022 competition participants a discounted opportunity to become an EcoCareers Campus Sponsor for the upcoming 2022 EcoCareers Conference (April 6-7). Use the promo code “32100” to access 30% off campus sponsorship membership! NWF is currently planning the agenda for the 2022 EcoCareers Conference which will feature keynotes and panels about academic pathways and careers in health and wellness, environmental justice, urban planning, environmental education, and more. On top of that, we will have interactive project and career planning workshops for students of all levels on both days of the conference. Learn more.  Please reach out to me if you are interested in this opportunity.
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities: National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network.

     

    More 2022 CR2ZW Competition Resources:

     

    • Check out CR2ZW Guide: Ideas and resources for hosting an online education and engagement campaign. If you are participating in the competition online only, please choose “special category > case study competition” during registration; if you need to make changes to your registration, please reach out to me.
    • Student/Staff FTE: During registration, campuses are asked to enter in their student and staff numbers. We provide a link to a data sheet with this info; however, this information is from late 2020/early 2021, so if you have more current numbers please enter those numbers in. We can update these numbers anytime during registration. We understand that campuses may not be at full capacity.
    • Quick Links – Check out key resources and information for Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 campus participants including the 2022 Scoreboard, downloadable templates, info on volume to weight estimates, and more. The 2022 Scoreboard will be updated with real-time report links in time for the beginning of the competition.  
    • Competition Tracking and Reporting Webinar Recording – You can watch all webinar recordings from the fall at this link. If you have any questions about tracking and reporting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Please contact me with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

  8. CR2ZW 2022 Week 1 Reporting, Week 2 Begins, Plastics Reduction Certification & More!

    Associated Project(s): 

    The following message was sent on behalf of Kristy Jones, the Director of Higher Education Programs and RecycleMania Manager of the National Wildlife Federation:

    Hello Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 Participants,

     

    Thank you for participating in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition!

     

    The CR2ZW team is excited that so many campuses are joining us for this year’s competition. This year’s competition will be flexible; we are encouraging campuses to track your waste and report as much as you can. If you are unable to track waste on campus, please consider hosting an online education and engagement campaign during the competition timeframe. Please reach out to me anytime with questions. (respond to this email, or call 703-438-6262). Please see attached for the CR2ZW 2022 participant badge (two file formats). Please post this on your websites, and share via social media to highlight and celebrate your participation in the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste!

    FEATURED NEWS:

    • Week 1 ends tomorrow, Saturday, February 5, 2022
    • Week 2 begins Sunday, February 6, 2022
    • New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program (see details below)
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities (see details below)

     

    UPCOMING DEADLINES, AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:

    • Week 1 reporting is due Wednesday, February 9. Check out the 2021-2022 calendar for upcoming deadlines. To report for Week 1, go to ReTRAC log-in at https://connect.re-trac.com/login and click on Week 1 report. Be sure to click Complete and Save at the bottom of the report.
    • Week 2 begins Sunday, February 6 through Saturday, February 12. Reporting for Week 2 is due, Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
    • New Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program – The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste are excited to announce the launch of a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and use of plastics on campus.  There are three levels of certification available: Bronze, Silver and Green. Campuses will be asked to report on actions in the following categories: Building Awareness, Support Behavior Change, Assess and Implement Operational Change and Demonstrate Institutional Leadership. This is a FREE program to participate in. Participation in this program is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. Learn more at Plastics Reduction Partner.
    • Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities: National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. NWF is currently accepting applications for the six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Learn more and share this opportunity with your network.

     

    More 2022 CR2ZW Competition Resources:

     

    • Check out CR2ZW Guide: Ideas and resources for hosting an online education and engagement campaign. If you are participating in the competition online only, please choose “special category > case study competition” during registration; if you need to make changes to your registration, please reach out to me.
    • Student/Staff FTE: During registration, campuses are asked to enter in their student and staff numbers. We provide a link to a data sheet with this info; however, this information is from late 2020/early 2021, so if you have more current numbers please enter those numbers in. We can update these numbers anytime during registration. We understand that campuses may not be at full capacity.
    • Quick Links – Check out key resources and information for Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 campus participants including the 2022 Scoreboard, downloadable templates, info on volume to weight estimates, and more. The 2022 Scoreboard will be updated with real-time report links in time for the beginning of the competition.  
    • Competition Tracking and Reporting Webinar Recording – You can watch all webinar recordings from the fall at this link. If you have any questions about tracking and reporting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Please contact me with any questions.

     

    Thanks, take care,

    Kristy

     

  9. Deadline to Register for Campus Race to Zero Waste

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Kristy Jones <jonesk@nwf.org>
    Sent: Monday, January 24, 2022 12:50 PM
    To: CR2ZW <CR2ZW@nwf.org>
    Subject: Jan 31 Deadline to Register for Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition Registration

     

    2Q==Hello Campus Friends,

     

    I hope everyone is doing well.

     

    A gentle reminder that registration for the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition (formerly called RecycleMania) closes on January 31, 2022! The 2022 Competition begins on Sunday, January 30. REGISTER HERE.

     

    If you have already registered your campus for the 2022 competition, thank you!

     

    2022 Competition Highlights:

    • Three campus winners will be rewarded for each main competition category (Diversion, Per Capita, Zero Waste, Food Organics) according to the Carnegie Classification for size – 1) Small/Very Small, 2) Medium, and 3) Large/Very Large. This change helps level the playing field and allow for more campuses to have the opportunity to win!
    • All campus winners and participants will receive an electronic badge to share on websites, and through email and social media.

     

    Helpful Links:


    Learn more at www.campusracetozerowaste.org. Registration closes on January 31, 2022.

    If you have any questions,  please reach out anytime.

    Thanks,

    Kristy

     

  10. e-week announcement

    Associated Project(s): 

    We are participating in a national campus race to decrease waste! The "Campus Race to Zero Waste" program runs until March 27. Each week, F&S will gather the data and iSEE will promote waste reduction across campus. Together, let's focus on waste reduction and recycling, showing our Illini commitment to protecting the environment and implementing the iCAP objective to reduce our landfill waste.

    January 31–March 27 • Map

    Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    Campus Race to Zero Waste

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