RONA-U- is the collegiate group, tasked by RONA, to better connect higher education and the recycling industry. It is under direction of the Board of Directors to develop and promote resources not only for students, faculty, and campus sustainability professionals, but the larger recycling community as well. Get to know RONA-U, take advantage of its work, and help colleges and universities make important, even decisive contributions.
NEW! Campus Organizations Launch Campaign to Recover 75% of Paper Waste for Recycling by 2015
Campuses across North America are being called to take part in the RePaper Campus Challenge – a movement to increase sustainability on college campuses by recovering 75% of campus paper for recycling by the year 2015. The campaign is headquartered in the not‐for‐profit organization Environmental Paper Network’s RePaper Project – a program focusing on increasing paper recovery to best maximize recycled content in paper manufacturing. The Campus Challenge will teach students, faculty and staff on higher education campuses about the impacts of paper, and how best to recover it for effective recycling.
Participating campus organizations currently include College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology, RecycleMania!, and Recycling Organizations of North America Higher Education Program (RONA U).
NEW! Campus Recovery and Diversion Project Forming
In support of the RePaper Campus Challenge, Rubbermaid will be funding a research project at selected schools to measure the impacts of optimal containers and collection methods on recovery and diversion rates. Schools will be provided with equipment and funding to administer the project.
Schools interested in applying should first participate in the RONA-U / Rubbermaid Design Group survey to increase collection efficiency in recycling programs and identify best management practices to share. To take the short survey, click here.
NEW! Resource Recycling Conference
Resource Recycling, Inc., publisher of Resource Recycling magazine, invites you to attend its inaugural conference in August 28-29 in Austin, Texas. Both RONA and the National Recycling Coalition are actively supporting this conference. Click here for conference highlights and registration.
NEW! Certification Programs for Resource Management
The Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) are collaborating on a federally-funded project to develop new resource management curriculum and certification processes.
More information about the project is available at RONA-U's page.
AASHE's Campus Sustainability Discussion Forum
RONA-U promotes and contributes to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Sustainability Discussion Forum. Stay informed and participate in an ongoing discussion on the unique challenges and opportunities for campus zero waste Visit www.aashe.org/forums/operations/waste.
RUBBERMAID PARTNERS WITH RONA
RONA and Rubbermaid have formed a multi-year partnership to develop take-back programs for spent containers, better container design and production, and best management practices to share. Rubbermaid has also worked with RONA to offer discounts on over 400+ products.
If you represent a North American college or university you are eligible for this discount for more information, click here.
RONA-U is an EPA WasteWise endorser for universities and connects colleges to the resources the US EPA maintains as well as other best practice information for campus recycling programs.
Responding to the groundswell of student interest, RONA-U is developing training and certification programs. The group is also firing-up its advocacy role with a student-led Zero Waste for Zero Warming campaign and support for the national Recycling Works campaign.
Student researchers at the University of Colorado are seeking other schools’ involvement to expand a set of curriculum materials such as fact sheets, a glossary of terms, research resources, career placement services and sponsorship opportunities. To view their work in progress, visit Campus Resources