Green Team

06.25.2014 | Campus and Community, Students, Energy and Environment

A new, five-year agreement with Rumpke Waste and Recycling will support the University of Dayton’s sustainability education efforts and recover more than 1.6 million pounds of recycling annually. 

"We have worked diligently Universitywide the past few years to be faithful stewards of our environment in the Catholic, Marianist tradition,” said Kurt Hoffmann, University of Dayton environmental sustainability manager. “We look forward to our relationship with Rumpke to take our efforts to the next level." 

In addition to weekly trash and recycling collection, Rumpke will: 

  • Support the University's sustainability curriculum with hands-on educational experiences and campus sustainability programming such as facility tours, guest lectures and special projects.
  • Assist with the University's sustainability education efforts in local schools. 
  • Assist with the University's participation in the nationwide Recyclemania competition to encourage a campuswide recycling culture.
  • Sponsor messages at University of Dayton athletics events to help promote recycling and sustainability initiatives beyond campus. 

"Rumpke, Ohio's recycling leader, clearly recognizes education is an important part of our job,” said Mike Bramkamp, Rumpke regional vice president. "We welcome the opportunity to engage University of Dayton students, faculty and staff in understanding the importance of good waste and recycling habits."  

Earlier this year, the University earned a STARS silver rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for its sustainability achievements. The University also made The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition for demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability in the University's academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Find more information about the University's sustainability efforts by visiting the related link.

Rumpke, a DRG3 Green Certified Business, locally employs more than 200 people. The company has operated a recycling plant in Dayton more than 20 years, which is currently receiving a $2.5 million upgrade. 

For more information or interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, University of Dayton associate director of media relations, at srobinson1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3391, or Sara Cullin, Rumpke senior corporate communications coordinator, at sara.cullin@rumpke.com or 513-200-4064.