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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Local Schools' Fortunes Plummeting in Tournament -- The Recycling Tournament. What Tournament Were You Thinking Of?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Not everything that goes in the trash can is trash. Ask someone who knows...
  • Not everything that goes in the trash can is trash. Ask someone who knows...
Pulling into the home stretch of Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition for colleges and universities, our local institutions appear to be flagging a bit.

Ranked 12th and 13th earlier this month, San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco have dropped back in the pack. With the competition scheduled to end later this month, CCSF is ranked 14th and SFSU is sitting in the No. 15 spot.

As we wrote about earlier, the 10-week competition rewards

schools that augment their recycling efforts while simultaneously reducing trash generation. Scores are calculated  using a fairly simple formula: The weight of the stuff a school recycles is

divided by the overall weight of recycling and trash. That percentage is multiplied by

100. CCSF's "score" is 49.17 while SFSU's is 49.06 (meaning both schools are recycling just under half the refuse they generate, by weight). These totals are far behind overall leader CSU-San Marcos, which has posted a score of 82.66. This, by the way, is likely CSU-San Marcos' claim to fame. 

Other schools of note: U.C. Berkeley is not competing; University of San Francisco, No. 52, 33.72; No. 76, Stanford, 29.10; No. 78, Santa Clara University, 28.70; No. 144, U.C. Santa Cruz, 19.48; No. 166, U.C. Davis, 16.28.

One-hundred and ninety-eighth -- and last -- place -- is, once again, Union College of Schenectady, New York, with an astounding score of 0.15. This is a marked decline even from their jaw-droppingly abysmal score from earlier this month of 0.57.

C'mon Dutchmen! Get on the ball!
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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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