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Campus Race to Zero Waste


Tina Hope

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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January 30-March 26

The Campus Race to Zero Waste is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. 

Over an 8-week period, Knox tracks the weights of how much we throw out, how much we compost, how much food we donate, and how much we recycle. With the goal of our diversion and recycling rates increasing throughout the competition!

Check out the 2022 program events below or contact to get involved!

2022 Weekly Events 

February 1-February 28

February 8, 2-4 p.m.

February 14-February 28

  • Menstrual Cup Give Away

February 24, 7 p.m.

February 26, 1-3 p.m.

February 28, 8-9:15 p.m.

March 1, 3, 8, 10

  • Volunteer with Food Recovery Network

March 7

  • Plant-powered/low-carbon meals at Hard Knox  w/ Tabling by S4S

March 10, 4-6:30 p.m.

  • POP-UP Share Shop in Sustainability Cottage

March 24, 2-5 p.m.

  • Non traditional Recycling / Reuse Bag Drive

Rankings and Competitions

Knox will also compete in national competitions in the following categories:

  • Diversion Category - the school with the highest waste diversion percentage. Diversion is determined by the percentage of the total weight of recyclables and food organics diverted from total waste generated.
  • Food Organics - points are awarded for food waste minimization activities and the amount of food that is diverted from the landfill.

Knox College's Weeks 3 & 4 Rankings

Diversion Rate of Waste from Landfill 40.56 Percent
National Campaign Ranking #25 out of 153 Colleges/Universities

Knox College's Weeks 1 & 2 Rankings

Diversion Rate of Waste from Landfill 40.204 Percent
National Campaign Ranking #25 out of 153 Colleges/Universities

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