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

Campus Race to Zero Waste 2022 is powered by Rubicon, a technology company born in the waste and recycling industry and committed to environmental innovation. 

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:

Thank you to our partner, Rubicon, for supporting the 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition.  

2022 National Rankings

2022 Special Categories

2022 Competition Reports

2022 Carnegie Classifications

Additional 2022 Reports - Coming in April 2022