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EPA Regional Administrator to Speak at Local RecycleMania Tournament Kick-off

Release Date: 02/02/2012
Contact Information: James Pinkney, 404-562-9183,

ATLANTA-- On Saturday, February 4, 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming will be the keynote speaker at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) 2012 RecycleMania Tournament Kick-off.

To help promote waste reduction and jump-start participation, Spelman, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center will partner to collect recyclable materials. Materials to be collected include: paper, plastics, cans, cardboard, glass, cell phones and computer monitors.

WHO: Gwen Keyes Fleming, EPA Region 4 Administrator;
Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University;
Dr. Darnita R. Killian, Vice President for Student Affairs, Spelman College;
Ms. Fran Day, VP of Institutional Advancement, Interdenominational Theological Center;
Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President, Morehouse College;
Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., President, Morehouse School of Medicine

WHAT: AUC 2012 RecycleMania Tournament Kick-off

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Milligan Parking Lot (Corner of Westview and Lee Street) Spelman College

After the joint kickoff event, the five AUC institutions will begin a friendly, eight-week competition against each other and more than 500 other colleges and universities nationwide to see which campus can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. The eight-week tournament is preceded by two pre-season reporting weeks which began Jan. 22. Schools will be ranked in eight categories, including the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, and the highest recycling rate. Top schools in each category earn “bragging rights,” while the winners of each are recognized with an award made of recycled glass.

In 2011, 630 colleges and universities nationwide recovered 91 million pounds of organic and recyclable materials during RecycleMania. This prevented the release of nearly 127,553 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 25,000 passenger cars.

Note: A media availability will be held for Gwen Keyes Fleming from 12:45 until 1:00 p.m. in the Milligan Parking Lot. In case of inclement weather, the event and media availability will be held on the ground level of the Milligan parking deck.