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Last Day to Register for Campus Race to Zero Waste 2023

Compete in Campus Race to Zero Waste 2023! Register Today.

The Campus Race to Zero Waste (CR2ZW) helps campuses:

  • Advance waste minimization and recycling efforts on campus.
  • Engage your students in friendly competition and re-energize your campus community.
  • Compare past competition data to spring 2023 and identify priority areas. 

The National Wildlife Federation is encouraging campuses to use the spring competition to reinvigorate efforts and educate your campus community on why it’s important to reduce waste, recycle responsibly, and live lighter on the planet!

Competition Enhancements! Three campus winners will be recognized for each main competition category (Diversion, Per Capita, Zero Waste, Food Organics) according to the Carnegie Classification for size:
1) Small/Very Small,
2) Medium, and
3) Large/Very Large.
This change will level the playing field and allow for more campuses to have the opportunity to win! All campus winners will receive an electronic badge to share on websites, and through email and social media. 

What’s CR2ZW? The Campus Race to Zero Waste is the only competition dedicated to reducing waste and increasing recycling; it’s FREE to participate. 

For 8 weeks each spring (February-March), hundreds of higher education institutions rally their campuses to “up their game” by reducing waste and increasing their recycling and composting in an effort to beat rival campuses. 

There are categories for both campuses that are just getting started with their waste reduction initiatives as well as for those with advanced zero waste campus programs. 

During the 2023 competition, 3.6 million students, faculty, and staff donated, composted, and recycled 27.9 million pounds, cut out 200 million plastic containers from the waste stream, and prevented the release of 30,228 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere – the equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 6,376 cars. 

Learn more about the CR2ZW 2022 Competition at

Register for the CR2ZW Competition. Last day to register is January 31, 2023.

Contact NWF’s Kristy Jones for assistance or more information.

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