US Environmental Protection Agency

Stacy Kika kika.stacy@epa.gov 202-564-0906 202-564-4355 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2011 College Football Fans Compete to Protect the Environment

Press Release  •  Sep 02, 2011 04:33 EDT

CONTACT:
Stacy Kika
kika.stacy@epa.gov
202-564-0906
202-564-4355

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2011


WASHINGTON – This fall, colleges across the country will compete to see which schools can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2011 Game Day Challenge. Registration for the competition is now open, and champions will be crowned this December.

Any college or university in the United States with a football team can compete. The challenge is for schools to design a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game and measure the results. Schools can collect common materials for recycling including paper, beverage containers, cardboard, and food to be donated and composted. The amount of waste generated and recycled will determine which school is the greenest on the gridiron.

Schools can win in several categories:

•           Least amount of waste generated per attendee

•           Greatest greenhouse gas reductions from diverting waste

•           Highest recycling rate

•           Highest organics reduction rate (i.e., food donation and composting)

•           Highest combined recycling and composting rate.


The competition is sponsored by EPA’s WasteWise program, a voluntary program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. Reducing waste generated at collegiate sporting events can save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, more than 75 participating schools kept 500,000 pounds of waste out of landfills, which prevented nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 180 cars.


More information on the Game Day Challenge: http://www.epa.gov/gameday

To register for the Challenge: https://my.re-trac.com/gameday

More information about EPA’s WasteWise program: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm

 

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