Oct. 3, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the Saturday, October 6 Homecoming game against Michigan State, IU will participate in the Game Day Challenge, a national competition on recycling and waste reduction during college football games. This is the third year IU will participate, with the hope of repeating last year's first place finish in the Big Ten in two categories, including greenhouse gas reduction.
The effort is coordinated by the Greening Cream and Crimson campaign -- a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and IU Athletics. The effort is overseen by Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Reynolds.
"The Athletics Department is committed to sustainability, and reducing waste during events is a major component of this commitment", said Reynolds. "This year, new investments have been made that should make recycling even more convenient for fans".
At the tailgate, fans will find clear recycling bags marked with a recycling logo and a guide listing recyclable items. Volunteers and lot attendants will pass out bags throughout the morning. Volunteers with new bike trailers, as well as large bag dispensers, will also be present during the tailgate.
"It's our great fans and volunteers that continues to make the recycling effort a success", said Erik Schneider, an intern with the Office of Sustainability and coordinator of Greening Cream and Crimson. "The Athletics department and Office of Sustainability make it possible, and it's the fans and volunteers that make it happen on game days."
Anyone interested in volunteering can get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the booth near 17th and Fess. All can participate by ensuring that all plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper is separated and dropped off in a red recycling dumpster at the tailgate, or a red and white recycling bin at the stadium.
It will be a win for the environment with less material sent to landfills and more energy saved. It may also propel the Hoosiers to victory in the Game Day Challenge as they compete in both football and sustainability against Michigan State and numerous other universities around the country.