2022 Results

2022 Competition by the Numbers

During the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition:

  • 3.6 million students and staff were reached from more than 200 colleges and universities
  • 200 million plastic containers were kept out of the landfill
  • 27.9 million pounds of waste was donated, composted and recycled
  • Campuses prevented the release of 30,228 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 6,376 cars

Top-Ranking Campuses

Zero Waste:

  • Western Colorado University, Colorado (Small)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Large)

Food Organics:

  • Wofford College, South Carolina (Small)
  • Loyola Marymount University, California (Medium)
  • Central Michigan University, Michigan (Large)


  • Macalester College, Minnesota (Small)
  • Loyola Marymount University, California (Medium)
  • University of Louisville, Kentucky (Large)

Per Capita Recycling:

  • Coe College, Iowa (Small)
  • Loyola Marymount University, California (Medium)
  • Stanford University, California (Large)

Special Categories:

  • Race to Zero Waste – One Building Challenge – Aquinas College, Michigan
  • GameDay Basketball Per Capita – University of the Incarnate Word, Texas
  • GameDay Basketball Diversion – University of Southern California, California
  • Electronics Recycling Per Capita – Bryant University, Rhode Island
  • Electronics Total Amount Recycled – Cornell University, New York

Note: College and university size categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Case Study category: Winners will be announced in July! Case Studies due June 20, 2022.

Communication and Outreach Materials:

2022 National Rankings

2022 Special Categories

2022 Competition Reports

2022 Carnegie Classifications

Additional 2022 Reports - Coming in April 2022