On April 22nd, 2010, the University of Memphis celebrated the 40th Anniversary of
Earth Day. The celebration was held in our very own TIGUrS Garden located just behind
Rose Theatre. The Sustainability Committee - Operations, Tiger Dining, and the TIGUrS
Garden Committee collaborated on making Earth Day a success. Free items such as reusable
bags, mugs, T-shirts and recycle bins were given away in exchange for a bag of recyclable
items! There was also a drawing for the one of a kind U of M bicycle! Many recyclables
were collected and tours of our newly planted garden were given. A big thank you to
the Student Green Fee and all the sponsors and participants in making this year's
Earth Day so special!
For the first time, the University of Memphis participated in Recyclemania. Recyclemania
is a nationwide competition between colleges on who can recycle the most. The competition
began on January 17th and ended on March 26th. The University of Memphis participated
by focusing on recycling in the Tiger Den cafeteria, at the Women's Basketball Games,
and hosting a Greek recycle competition. These events and groups were given the opportunity
to recycle for the first time and after the competition was over the recycle bins
remained in place! The University of Memphis is seeing a lot of changes this year!
Within two weeks, the Tiger Den cafeteria was able to recycle 1,323. 7 lbs! Thank
you to our wonderful Dining staff that supported our efforts!
Women's Basketball Games:
Never before have our sporting events offered recycling bins. Thanks to Recyclemania
and the Green Team, we recycled at all of our home games on campus that resulted in
a grand total of 427 lbs!
The Greek Competition:
A month-long competition was held between all the fraternities and all the sororities.
The winners receive a plaque and meal vouchers to our new University Center. Fraternities
won the competition with a total of 706.6 lbs! Sororities also recycled 169.7 lbs!
Thank you to all of the Greek organizations that participated in Recyclemania 2010.
America Recycles Day, November 12th, 2009
The University of Memphis took part in celebrating America Recycles Day which was
Nov. 15th. On Nov. 12th, the recycle committee set up 3 collections points where students,
faculty, and staff could drop-off their recyclables in exchange for a free reusable
bag. The turnout was a success, with over 1,000 lbs recycled and the participation
of over 500 students!