SCF Receives Keep Manatee Beautiful 2010 Recycling Award

(Bradenton, Fla., September 16, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) received a 2010 Recycling Award from Keep Manatee Beautiful for EarthFest, a student-led event hosted by SCF on April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

At the event, SCF set a Guinness World Record for collecting the most plastic bottles in an eight-hour period. EarthFest organizers and volunteers collected a total of 46,357 bottles that weighed 4,980 pounds, surpassing the previous world record of 657 pounds.

The award, which honors an adult organization for going beyond the norm to recycle goods in the workplace or at home, was presented to EarthFest founder, SCF student Shane Henry, and Jane Pfeilsticker, SCF associate professor, biology, at the Keep Manatee Beautiful 2010 Awards Program Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 16.

EarthFest has drawn strong support from college students, faculty, staff and President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

“Sustainability is a top initiative for SCF and it’s especially gratifying for SCF to be recognized for encouraging practical ways to help protect the environment,” Hafner said.

In addition to SCF as host, Keep Manatee Beautiful was a partner in the event. Other EarthFest partners included Manatee County Utilities, Waste Pro Bradenton-Sarasota, IMG Academies and SCF Earth Club. EarthFest sponsors were Eco Technologies, Bradenton Herald, Bright House Networks, Gettel Toyota, SRQ Media Group, Comfort Suites, East West College of Natural Medicine and High Block Entertainment.


EarthFest award
EarthFest founder and SCF student Shane Henry, Jane Pfeilsticker, associate professor,
biology, and Ingrid McClellan, Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director.

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