Eco-news in brief 2-26

By CG News Editor April Jaynes

Ohio University makes significant RecyleMania headway 

Among the Mid-American Conference (MAC) participants, Ohio University currently ranks 76th and is battling for the lead spot after three weeks into the intercollegiate RecycleMania 2013 contest. Within the first two weeks of the contest, OU recycled 155,506 pounds of the targeted materials and 38,400 pounds of food scraps. This represents  a 42.25 percent recovery rate, or an average of 3.66 pounds per person per week. Targeted materials include paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, steel and plastic. The next RecycleMania special event is the Game Day challenge at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 home basketball game against the University of Akron. The Game Day challenge is part of a new category that compares schools based on the recycling and waste minimization efforts made during a home basketball game.

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All at-large Athens City Council candidates support frack ban

Over the weekend, all five candidates in the Democratic primary for Athens City Council’s three at-large seats expressed support for the efforts of the local Bill of Rights Committee (BORC) to ban horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the city as well as potentially in the watershed that supplies drinking water to Athens. The BORC is currently working to put the proposal on the November ballot as a citizens’ initiative. After asking City Council to put it on the ballot through a referendum, the group recently decided to go with a petition-driven initiative instead. The primary candidates also said they would like to see partnerships with other communities in the Hocking River watershed to protect the aquifer.

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Large pod of dolphins gathers off coast of San Diego

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