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When she's not blogging for FundingFactory, Sarah is staying on top of the most current trends in educational technology and green news to share with you on Twitter and Facebook. In her spare time, Sarah is learning how to knit a hat, practicing her German, and re-watching Star Wars.

FundingFactory Announces Third Annual ‘Recycling Rumble’ Winners

Winning Schools and Nonprofits Earn Fundraising Bonus, Top Recycler Overall Receives $5,000

ERIE, Pa. (June 10,  2014)More than 1,100 participants nationwide vied for the Top Recycler title during the “Recycling Rumble™,” a friendly one-on-one recycling competition hosted annually by FundingFactory®. From February 1 to April 30, FundingFactory participants competed to recycle the largest quantity of electronic waste (e-waste).

FundingFactory, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, matched competing participants according to their comparable recycling rate. Throughout the competition, participants collected and shipped e-waste – used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and GPS devices to FundingFactory.

In the end, the winning schools and nonprofits in each Rumble match-up earned a 25 percent fundraising bonus in addition to their regular recycling rewards. The top prize of $5,000 was awarded to The Learning Tree, a nationally accredited childcare center in Ridge Manor, Fla.; they recycled 4,032 items. With their recycling earnings and 25 percent bonus, The Learning Tree earned a grand total of $6,536.50.

“This is our second year participating in the Rumble, and we are thrilled to win the top prize,” said Gloria Harris, director of The Learning Tree. “That extra $5,000, combined with our current recycling earning, will help us purchase a Kaplan Inspire-NG, a multi-touch table and interactive whiteboard. Our teachers, students, and community worked so hard for this.”

Second place went to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Team of Etters, Pa. Last year’s Rumble winner, Manteca High School of Manteca, Calif., placed third. The organizations earned $1,000 and $500, respectively.

In total, $95,285 was raised, and 129,480 recyclable items were kept out of landfills during the contest.

Participants found success in the Recycling Rumble by taking advantage of FundingFactory’s new score-boosting business support bonus. A business that sent qualifying items on behalf of a participating organization earned that organization two points per item. Items sent by the organization itself earned one point each.

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The FundingFactory program is free, and enables schools and nonprofit organizations to exchange electronic waste for cash or points redeemable for new technology or classroom products. Schools, nonprofit organizations, churches, and other groups can register at www.fundingfactory.com/register. To learn more about the 2014 Recycling Rumble winners, and the positive impact of fundraising by recycling, visit facebook.com/FundingFactory and twitter.com/FundingFactory

About FundingFactory

Since its inception in 1997, FundingFactory has provided $31 million in funding to more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 39 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or products by recycling used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics collected from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Technologies Group company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an R2-certified, ISO 14001-2004-certified company.

Media Contact: Sarah Buckholtz, FundingFactory, 814-464-1800, sbuckholtz@fundingfactory.com

 

 

Posted June 10, 2014 by Sarah in Contests, FundingFactory News, Fundraising, Press Releases, Recycling

FundingFactory’s Top 3 Highlights of 2013

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What an outstanding 2013 we had at FundingFactory!  Our recyclers collected a record-breaking 3,709,463 cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics for recycling, and as a result, raised more than $2 million for diverse, worthwhile initiatives. 

So many exciting things happened in 2013 – and we’ve just got to brag about some of our favorites!

Here are our Top 3 highlights of the year:

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#1 EcoBuddies make their Earth Day debut

Recycling alone isn’t enough; it’s our responsibility to help kids understand the environmental impact of e-waste and develop eco-friendly habits. That’s why we launched EcoBuddies™, a curriculum companion to FundingFactory’s fundraising-by-recycling program. A collaborative project between FundingFactory, the curriculum designers at The Education Center, and local artist Heather Cash, EcoBuddies provides preK-8 educators free, common core-aligned lesson plans and activities to raise e-waste awareness and empower lasting recycling behaviors.

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#2 “Act of Green” results in 331,270 items recycled, 3,313 trees planted

In honor of Earth Day 2013, FundingFactory pledged to plant one tree for every 100 items collected during the month of April. Our goal was to plant 3,000 trees, but we received 331,270 items – almost 100,000 more than the previous year! As a result, we planted 3,313 trees with the CarbonFund.org Foundation and helped to fight climate change through reforestation projects.

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#3 Manteca High School wins 4th Annual Recycling Rumble

By collecting 6,535 recyclable items February 1 – April 30, Manteca High School earned $3,268, an iPad, and top honors in FundingFactory’s 2013 Recycling Rumble. Manteca’s winnings helped stock the shelves of the MHS Empty Cartridge Exchange Store with classroom supplies like paper, pens, printers, DVD players, calculators, and thumb drives.

  • FUN FACT: Their store uses Qualifying Items as currency. What a creative way to collect!

While 2013 had its incredible moments, we’re even MORE excited to share the surprises in store for 2014. Keep an eye on FundingFactory social media to get the latest news! A BIG thank you to our participants for their hard work and dedication as they continue to recycle with us. Together, we’re spearheading the Eco-Revolution. Won’t you join us?

What are you doing to go green? Tell us about it in the comments below.

 

Want to make 2014 your greenest year ever? Whether you’re a college or university, or looking to recycle your school’s tablets or laptops in bulk, we’ll help you get started!

 

Posted April 15, 2014 by Sarah in FundingFactory News, Fundraising, Green News

Classrooms Teaching Green to Live Green

As a teacher, Brian Lewis knew he had the influential opportunity to establish change at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, Ga. Because he clearly demonstrated his commitment to saving the planet, his students did too! This eco-action has led to green practices like recycling with FundingFactory and using the learning platform, Edmodo. Read on to learn how both programs have influenced green changes in his classrooms.

The best way I know how to teach students to recycle is to show them. As a Support Ambassador for Edmodo and a longstanding FundingFactory participant, I know that both programs are great resources for doing just that. Edmodo is one of my big lessons for recycling, while FundingFactory has given me the chance to show my students how we use our money from recycling ink cartridges to purchase apps that we use on Edmodo.

Edmodo Helps Classrooms Reduce Paper Waste

Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. We provide a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

Edmodo has helped my classroom go paper-free by allowing students to save work using cloud storage, and by  submitting assignments electronically. This is simple way to save money in my budget and help the planet too!

Sustainability Reports Come Alive With FundingFactory

When students sign in to Edmodo, they can see the school’s sustainability report from recycling with FundingFactory. Students use that information to create a poster promoting our efforts in living green using www.postermywall.com. What brings it full circle is when students can say that they brought in printer cartridges or cell phones. By caring out the action of recycling e-waste, students are able to establish green habits while we earn money to purchase apps for our classroom using FundingFactory credit.

 

Learn more about how Edmodo can benefit classroom relations by visiting their website and checking out their Facebook. You can track your environmental impact when you register  for FundingFactory’s FREE fundraising-thru-recycling program! Start earning cash for new technology for your school by collecting these items.

 

 

Brian Lewis, guest blogger for FundingFactory, is a computer business teacher at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, GA. This Green Ribbon School has been a FundingFactory participant since 2009, having earned more than $1,700 recycling e-waste. Brian is an Edmodo Support Ambassador, Smart Certified Trainer for SMART Technologies, SMART Education Administrator, and won a lesson contest from Brainpop.com and received the 2010 PBS Innovation Award.

 

 

Posted September 17, 2013 by Sarah in Green News, Recycling

School Raises $25,800 for New Technology through Recycling Competition

waugh classWhat do ice cream, an octopus, and recycling have in common? They all come together to create one unique success story for FundingFactory participant, Waugh Elementary School District in Petaluma, Calif.

Diana Utroske, classified tech support for the Waugh Elementary School District, has successfully organized an e-waste collection competition each year since October 2002 that has raised $25,800 for her school!

This year-long recycling competition pins the two elementary schools in the district, Corona Creek and Meadow, against each other in a battle of e-waste collection. Just how does this work? Here’s the scoop:

  • Each class works together to collect as many qualifying items as possible from August through April. Students receive one point per item no matter if it’s a large toner cartridge or a small inkjet cartridge.
  • Parents help too! If they bring in an item from a business, and it has a corresponding business card attached, that student earns an additional five points toward their class’s total score. This act also serves as a great way to reach out to the community and find valuable Business Support for the school.
  • Once every cartridge has been counted, the top two classrooms with the most e-waste are treated to homemade ice cream from a local creamery.

 

FUN FACT: The winning class collected 911 items in the 2012-2013 school year!

 

With $25,800 of extra funding brought in from this recycling competition, Diana has been able to purchase 16 color printers, new computers, headphones, laptops, and more cartridges for the Waugh Elementary School District. All of these items are put to good use now that Waugh 2nd grade teachers are using FundingFactory EcoBuddies™ curriculum to educate students during the competition!

 

Learn how Owen the Octopus can help educate your preK-5th-grade students about recycling e-waste as they carry out ecofriendly acts.

 

Diana also had the chance to share her fundraising story as a guest of FundingFactory at ISTE 2013, one of the largest educational conferences in the country.

 

 

Posted September 17, 2013 by Sarah in FundingFactory News, FundingFactory Stories, Fundraising, Recycling

Heather Cash Talks EcoBuddies and E-waste with FundingFactory

Heather Cash has always had a passion for art. She references her dad’s passing in 2010 as her inspiration for leaving her career at Google to pursue art as a full time endeavor.  Heather has since illustrated a children’s book, written and illustrated her own coloring book, taught painting classes, and most recently, created and illustrated EcoBuddies TM for FundingFactory. Read on to learn more about why it was important for her to create this e-waste-fighting team, and what she hopes children learn from them.

FF: What was your main goal with creating and illustrating EcoBuddies?

HC: I aimed to give them fun personalities and to use a multitude of colors that would draw the children in and make them want to learn more about the characters. I knew that if they got to know the characters, they would care about them, and listen to what they have to say about e-waste.

FF: How did you even begin to create the e-waste fighting characters? Did you already have ideas for them?

HC: I knew that these characters should care about the Earth and want to help, so I thought about which animals would be the most affected by a bad environment. The first animals I thought of were those in the water because they have nowhere to go, they can’t run from pollution. I knew an octopus would be helpful because he has so many tentacles, so he could clean up faster than the other animals! I had to include a sea turtle because it make me sad when I’d hear about them being affected by soda rings.

FF: Which EcoBuddy was your favorite to create? 

HC: I loved creating the octopus! For some reason my most common drawing as a child was an underwater scene with an octopus, sand on the bottom, coral, seaweed, and other little critters like fish and jellyfish. Because the octopus has been in my head since I was a child, I knew he was destined to be an EcoBuddy!

FF: In your opinion, what makes EcoBuddies so appealing to children?

HC: I think children are drawn to the bright colors and bold lines of EcoBuddies. I also think their friendly faces contribute to their appeal. At their core, EcoBuddies are just friendly, helpful, and happy. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?

FF: What makes FundingFactory EcoBuddies different from any other e-waste fundraiser out there?

HC: EcoBuddies is geared towards educating children. I was amazed when I saw the entire curriculum made to teach preK-5 students about e-waste! Just chatting with the team at FundingFactory, you can hear how passionate and confident they are about this program.

FF: Share your thoughts on e-waste.

HC: People don’t understand the consequences of throwing out an inkjet cartridge or cell phone. If people were educated on e-waste, they would realize just how much trash we’re creating every year. With the way electronics are advancing, people are constantly getting new phones and new computers, so this results in tons of e-waste.

FF: Why is it important for younger kids to understand the importance of e-waste recycling?

HC: Some of us may not be around long enough to see the effects of e-waste, but our children will be. If they get in the habit of being responsible about e-waste early on, then the whole world will benefit from their efforts. FundingFactory EcoBuddies is a great route to take to help your students do just that!

Learn more about Heather Cash by visiting her website, and see her EcoBuddies in your classroom today!

Want EcoBuddies in your classroom? The preK-5 curriculum, displays, and posters are available for FREE download when you register your school for FundingFactory‘s already FREE e-waste recycling fundraiser. 

Posted May 8, 2013 by Sarah in FundingFactory News, FundingFactory Stories
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