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Cleanin' out the Doghouse

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After two months of a campus-wide clean-up effort, Drake Facilities announced the winners of the University's first annual “Cleanin’ Out the DogHouse” clean-up competition at an awards ceremony in November, 2010.

During the competition, every building on campus had one week to clean out unwanted items. Two dumpsters, one for waste and the other for recycling, were placed outside the buildings and their contents were weighed at the end of the week.

By the end of the competition, 13.8 tons of trash and 27.4 tons of recycling had accumulated campus-wide.

Building winners were:

  • Harmon Fine Arts Center with the most waste, roughly 5,000 pounds. Prize: building-wide pizza party.
  • Opperman Law Library with the most recycled -- 19,060 pounds. Prize: building-wide pizza party.
  • Drake TeleMedia Center with the most e-waste. Prize: Target gift certificates.

Results by Building

WeekBuildingTrash (lbs.)Recycled (lbs.)
Week 1 Fine Arts 4070 5040*
  Old Main 10 15
  Education 3760 2745
Week 2 Howard 4070 5040
  Cartwright 1330 2400
  Cowles 3640 12115
Week 3 Harvey 2375 4730
  Carnegie 2430 3090
  Kinne Center 0 0
Week 4 Opperman 4230 19060
  Fitch 0 11
  Dial Center 55 0
Week 5 Cole 1135 3150
  Meredith 3420 1570
  Cline 75 0
Week 6 Legal Clinic 0 0
  Studio Arts 65 5
  Health Center 45 3
  Medbury 25 7
Week 7 Aliber 235 635
  Olin 0 10
  The Point 0 0
  Knapp Center 635 125
  Tennis Center 60 60
  Field House 0 0
TOTAL ALL 27655 (13.8 tons) 54716 (27.4 tons)
  * plus one piano
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