Feb. 1, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - IU Athletics announced today that the Department finished first among Big Ten schools in two categories in the EPA Gameday Challenge. IU's results were tabulated during the IU-Northwestern football game that took place on October 29. IU received top honors in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Recycling categories. IU also finished fourth in the Big Ten in the Diversion Rate Category.
Among 50 participating schools, IU ranked in the top 25 in all three categories. This participation was part of the Greening Cream and Crimson initiative which is an ongoing effort by IU Athletics to promote sustainable policies and decrease its environmental impact.
"Fred Glass was serious when he stated IU Athletics would be the most sustainable athletic department in the Big Ten," said Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability. "Congratulations to Chris Reynolds, who mentored our sustainability interns, John Hageman and Isaac Farley, along with IU Athletics staff, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of Hoosier fans who pitched in to make IU a leader in game day recycling."
IU Athletics took the top spot in the Big Ten in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction category by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12.91 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, equal to the annual gas emissions of 2.3 cars or emissions from 1,313 gallons of gasoline. This was an increase from the last challenge where IU finished fourth among Big Ten schools.
IU also finished first among Big Ten universities in the Recycling category by averaging 0.222 pounds of recycling per person, moving up from the second place finish in the 2010 challenge. Finally, IU finished in fourth place in the Diversion Rate category with a 37.33 percent rate, increasing their diversion rate from the 2010 challenge. The Diversion Rate category ranks schools based on their recycling rate, which is measured by comparing the amount of waste recycled to the total waste produced.
"It is our goal to be the `greenest' athletic department in the Big Ten. Sitting atop the Big Ten in these important categories proves that we are well on our way to achieving that goal," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Reynolds. "IU Athletics would like to thank our fans, IU Athletics staff, and the Department of Sustainability for making this happen."
For more information about the EPA Gameday Challenge or other of IU Athletics' sustainability initiatives, contact John Hageman at email@example.com or visit the Greening Cream and Crimson website. To learn more about the IU Office of Sustainability, visit www.indiana.edu/~sustain.