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Green Chamber of Commerce Recognizes CNM as a Top Recycler

Nov. 18, 2013 -- CNM was recently recognized by the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to recycle and reduce waste. CNM was one of 17 organizations statewide to receive the honor on Nov. 15, “America Recycles Day.”

 

“CNM has made a strong commitment to sustainability and we have made tremendous progress over the last several years to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant. “We would like to see a zero waste campus in which all waste is diverted from the landfill. The goal for CNM is to increase the percentage of recycled material each year by three percent.”

CNM generates approximately 1,044 tons of waste per year. And last year, CNM recycled 42 percent of its waste. CNM routinely recycles cardboard, metal/aluminum, plastic, paper, ink cartridges and hazardous waste.

In addition, filtered water stations have been placed throughout the campus to reduce the use of plastic water bottles; the default for copy machines have been set to print double-sided; and abundant recycling containers have been placed across all of CNM’s campuses to make it easier for students and employees to recycle.

In 2007, CNM President Katharine Winograd signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging that CNM would join the ACUPCC mission “to accelerate progress toward climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.”

In addition to recycling efforts, CNM has also implemented numerous initiatives that have significantly reduced the college’s energy and water consumption.