UST leads RecycleMania challenge at halfway point St. Thomas Newsroom March 12, 2009 UST leads RecycleMania challenge at halfway point The University of St. Thomas leads Minnesota schools at the halfway point in the eight-week national RecycleMania competition. In the most recent standings, published last Friday, UST leads all Minnesota schools in the Grand Champion competition, well ahead of Gustavus Adolphus, the Twin Cities’ U of M campus and Macalester. Nationally, UST ranks 18th among more than 500 colleges and universities.In other results for Minnesota, UST also leads in the Waste-Minimization competition and is second to the U of M in the Gorilla Division."Way to pitch in for St. Thomas!" noted Bob Douglas, UST coordinator of recycling.A total of 510 colleges and universities joined RecycleMania this year, representing students, faculty and staff from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.The newest weekly rankings can be viewed on Fridays. Click on the 2009 competition, and then click on a competition division. To view just Minnesota schools, select Minnesota in the state box. RecycleMania runs through the end of March. "We encourage everyone to get everything we can recycle into the recycling bins before spring break begins to keep our UST lead intact," Douglas remarked. Questions about RecycleMania or recycling at UST can be directed to Douglas, (651) 962-6388.