Tara Pike

UNLV Sustainability Coordinator/Recycling Manager
Expertise: Recycling, Sustainability, Environment


Tara Pike, sustainability coordinator and manager of the UNLV Recycling Program, is an expert on waste reduction, recycling, and resource management on campus.

Since joining UNLV in the 1990s as an environmental studies undergraduate, Pike has championed green living. She founded the Rebel Recycling Program in 1995, and has led efforts that increase environmental awareness at UNLV and throughout Southern Nevada. Since 2003, Pike's program has recycled more than 5,600 tons of material on campus.

Pike also serves as Vice President of Campus Race to Zero Waste, a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation that teaches universities how to reduce or eliminate waste.

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Tara Pike In The News

K.N.P.R. News
For more than 30 years, Nevada has asked households to recycle 25 percent of qualified materials — plastics, paper, aluminum and more. It’s not a mandate. And in 2021, Nevada’s division of environmental protection said 24 percent had been reached. That means just one out of four recyclable materials are thrown into the light-blue recycle bin in Southern Nevada. Part of the reason it might not be more is that people still have questions over what is and what isn’t recyclable.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Many if not all apartments or condos do not offer recycling services. When Las Vegas valley resident Jennifer Turchin wants to recycle she drives to the north part of town to drop off recycling items.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch and donated to a non-profit, Green Our Planet, for use in Clark County school gardens.
K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
Now that all the gifts are gone from under your Christmas tree, it might be time to think about gifting that tree to the community.

Articles Featuring Tara Pike

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Campus News | May 1, 2024

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

person emptying plastic recycling container into dumpster
Business and Community | April 10, 2023

During the Recyclin’ Rebels event on Earth Day, the community is invited to drop off electronics, paper, and other recyclables at the Thomas & Mack Center.