May 7, 2018 — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was honored by the city of Los Angeles with the first-ever Platinum recycLA Star Award for its sustainability efforts, including the university’s on-campus recycling center.
recycLA is the new recycling and waste collection program for commercial and large apartment buildings throughout Los Angeles.
“Sustainability has always been a key part of LMU’s operations, from on-site recycling to solar panels and LEED-certified construction,” said Lynne Scarboro, LMU’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “We teach students not simply to care for the environment, but to help create the world we want to live in, and the university’s commitment to making our campus as green as possible shows that. We’re proud and humbled to receive the recycLA Platinum Star award from the City of Los Angeles.”
The recycLA Star Award recognizes business and apartment owners who embrace recycLA’s recycling, landfill diversion and food rescue opportunities. RecycLA Stars are actively engaged in food recovery, changes in materials sourcing, composting and making other contributions to landfill diversion, beyond increasing recycling. Award recipients can receive the Green, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level award.
“We’re proud to award LMU the city’s very first Platinum recycLA Star,” Board of Public Works Vice President Heather Marie Repenning stated. “Not only is LMU setting the standard in environmental sustainability, it is getting students involved and creating lasting habits that will benefit the city of Los Angeles well into the future.”
LMU has a recycling rate of nearly 84 percent. The university recycles more than 6,000 tons of materials annually, with on-site recycling and food waste programs that turn food and recyclable paper into nutrient-rich soil enhancements.
From 2011 to 2017, LMU reduced its food service disposal and diversion tonnage from 101 tons to 33.7 tons, a reduction of more than 65 percent in total food service waste in just six years. Through its Office of Sustainability, LMU also employs more than 20 paid student employees and supports numerous internships, research and service credits for academic work.
“LMU is a shining example of what is possible when we work together and put the cleanliness and health of our City first,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, LA sanitation director and general manager. “Through recycLA and organizations like LMU, we are quickly making landfills a thing of the past and moving closer to achieving zero waste.” [Source: Loyola Marymount University]