Michael Youdelman, from the Department of Recycling and Resource Management, has been elected chair of the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) by his colleagues. CURC is a national organization of more than 600 colleges and universities. Its mission is to organize and support environmental program leaders at institutions of higher education on managing resource, recycling, and waste issues. CURC’s goals are to provide technical assistance, education, training, and networking opportunities and to support an expanding member base.
Some of the features of CURC include an online “RECYCLE-L” e-mail discussion list, a continuous webinar series, technical “peer to peer” assistance, partnerships with a variety of organizations and corporations, and projects such as RecycleMania. CURC, EPA-Waste Wise, and Keep America Beautiful help to manage the RecycleMania tournament.
Youdelman’s goals are to help strengthen CURC’s technical offerings via Web site development, increased sponsorships, and developing new projects such as Re-TRAC software that will be offered to CURC members for free to enable professionals to track their respective programs on a day-to-day basis and help to standardize reporting methods. There are no limits to what CURC can achieve for the benefit of recycling/sustainability professionals.