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Emerson’s Annual Campus Race to Zero Waste


Dear Emerson community, 

Over the past 15 years, Emerson has made significant strides to create more environmentally sustainable campuses, including our central goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Although we are proud of our progress, there is much work to be done, particularly in the area of waste disposal. 

Emerson’s current combined recycling and composting rate is just under 10 percent. Still, we have the opportunity to increase that rate to 30 percent or more this spring through our participation in the annual Campus Race to Zero Waste (CR2ZW), an eight-week friendly competition between colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada aimed at increasing waste diversion on campuses. 

This year, I encourage the Emerson community in Boston to participate in CR2ZW by joining our internal waste challenge, “Scouts 4 Sustainability,” coordinated through the Office of Sustainability. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to complete challenges and attend on-campus and virtual events to earn points toward prizes. Please see the Sustainable Emerson blog and Emerson Today for more information, including sign-up instructions and details about all events and challenges. If you have any questions or would like to get directly involved, please contact

Thank you for working to make Emerson a more sustainable place to live, work, and study.

Jay M. Bernhardt 

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