The NRC has long-supported campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher ed and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research/technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups.
The NRC’s Campus Council is guided by recommendations in a White Paper to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit in 2015. Higher ed leaders and industry professionals advise the group, which meets annually at the Resource Recycling Conference, this year in Minneapolis, 8/28-8/30/2017. The Council has posted their recent fiscal year report here.
Get to know the NRC Campus Council and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer! For more information, please take the interest survey below or contact: [email protected]
Help improve collaboration between Industry and higher education! There are so many ways companies and organizations can collaborate with colleges and universities.
Benefits to off-campus groups include:
To find out more, take this short survey.
College students who have research or professional interests in recycling and attend Saint Louis area schools, are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered through the National Recycling Coalition.
The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when the long-time member of the NRC started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Dozens of students have benefited from Murray’s support. Many are making valuable contributions in the industry. Murray past-away earlier this year. A tribute to him is posted at the NRC web page.
This year, three outstanding Saint Louis area college students received scholarships in addition to registration for the Resource Recycling Conference, 10/22-24/2018 as well as membership in the Coalition’s Emerging Leaders program.
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Program of Study Graphic Design , Junior
Blake’s interest in recycling and sustainable materials management and what he hopes to gain by attending the conference:
Graphic design may seem like a strange direction to pursue when it comes to having a passion for sustainability and recycling, but I believe that the way these messages are carried to others is a very important part of sustainability overall. While not pursuing the cause in a direct way, I want to work to be able to convey the passion and importance of the cause, and of our future, to everyone around who may not be informed, or may not recognize that importance. I currently work for the sustainability department at UMSL assisting with marketing and communications, creating and writing documentation about issues and events in regard to UMSL’s sustainability effort on-campus and off-campus. Unfortunately, at times, I do feel a little out of place in the field without having all of my studies dedicated to something such as environmental science, so I do my best to attend and participate in conferences and events to keep myself informed, continually learning about ongoing issues and pursuits in regards to the environment and our future. For this reason, I would be absolutely honored to gain entrance to the conference, and further my education through the events hosted at the Resource Recycling Conference. Throughout my career pursuit I’ve always given thought to what sounds like the most beneficial and fulfilling to humanity, and what could be more fulfilling than dedicating my work and future to making sure the future of the human race is preserved, and hopefully improved, for generations to come?
Environmental Science , Senior
Rebecca’s interest in recycling and sustainable materials management and what she hopes to gain by attending the conference:
I first discovered my interest in sustainability and recycling as a young child when my mother would take my sister and me to the recycling center to sort out our bag of various recyclables. At first it was just a game but I soon realized the impact recycling has over sending all those materials to a landfill. I have also always been an avid recycler and encourage others to do so as well. Now I am a senior at Westminster College in Fulton, MO where I am majoring in environmental science and minoring in geology. In college, I live in a townhouse with 5 other students where I manage the recyclable materials including glass. This summer 2018, I took a position working as an intern for the Missouri State Recycling Program where I have learned that there is so much more to recycling than just throwing a soda can in a blue bin. I have learned a wide range of knowledge such as which materials can and cannot be recycled, the markets available to purchase/sell these collected materials, and every step in between! I am grateful for this experience and all it has taught me about the recycling industry as a whole and at the state level. I just think the concept of recycling is incredible considering the amount of materials we save from landfills and how they can also generate a profit! I hope to build on my knowledge of recycling at the conference and one day apply it to a career in conservation when I graduate from Westminster College.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graphic Design , Junior
Elyse’s interest in recycling and sustainable materials management and what she hopes to gain by attending the conference:
I am interested in recycling and living sustainably because I believe it is our responsibility as humans to preserve our planet’s environment. In my day-to-day life I engage in a low impact or “zero waste” lifestyle by utilizing reusable items (such as bamboo cutlery, a stainless steel thermos and straw, and reusable produce bags). And if it is not reusable, I opt for always purchasing items in recyclable packaging (often times I will reuse the packaging for other things before recycling). Also at my university I am employed in the office of sustainability on campus to help spread the message and to help promote an eco-friendly environment on campus. I promote events and articles that help to encourage others to help conserve our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling whenever possible on a daily basis.
Curricular Resources –infographics, fact sheets, glossary and acronyms
Course Development – syllabi, reading lists, funding
Directories – twelve sets of directories and databases
Best Management Practices – twenty categories- and growing.
Tools Index – conversions, calculators, toolkits
Help build this base of current, credible, and concise information. To contribute academic resources, please contact [email protected]
A speakers bureau and tour directory match local industry experts and their facilities with colleges and universities in the area. These visits, either on-campus or on-site, gain great exposure for recyclers while providing real-world additions to the college curriculum.
To register as a speaker or tour host, please complete this process: speaker application
To register as a tour host, please begin here: tour host application
Agencies, organizations, and companies: recruit interns from schools in your area by completing a simple online form which is posted to a database for students, faculty, and career service professionals. Choose from over 20 typical intern titles or work with the Council to create and recruit your own.
To request an intern for your organization, please begin the process here: organization application.
Higher education has important, even decisive, roles in advancing Sustainable Materials Management. More then ever, students want to make a difference with their degree- in the SMM industry.
The Campus Council is currently identifying schools involved in research for non-profit, government, and commercial clients nationally. If you represent a college and university currently involved with, or interested in research pertaining to SMM, please complete this survey: Higher Education Research in SMM.
If your organization or industry group seeks research & development work on a specific product or process that may have applications in the Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management industry, click the interest survey here or contact [email protected] to discuss sponsored-research opportunities.
Have you ever received an NRC scholarship or worked on-campus recently? If so, we’d like to hear from you. A new network of NRC alum, recent grads, and new professionals has formed to exchange career info and help the next generation of recycling leaders. Please e-mail us to get involved:[email protected]
Colleges and universities have unique, even decisive, roles and responsibilities towards reducing, reusing, and recycling. This short survey- for those deeply familiar with a campus program, gathers information which is shared with SMM industry and academic groups to help inform funding and development objectives.
The NRC’s Campus Council surveyed other campus organizations then presented a white paper to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit calling on the industry and U.S. Colleges and Universities to work more closely together.
The Campus Council has compiled this list of recommended job boards and job search resources.
The Campus Council supports the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB). The NSCB accredits training and certification programs (not individuals), run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges. To date, the following states have had their training programs accredited by the NRC: New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Other states and organizations are currently developing them with Campus Council assistance.
NSCB Learning Objectives
Click here to learn more about the National Standards Certification Board.