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Cleaning up a football game

TAMPA, Fla. -- At an event that usually results in a lot of garbage, USF is encouraging students to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bottles and cans as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge.

At the homecoming game this Saturday, Oct. 9 against Syracuse University, USF is collecting recyclables from pre-game and post-game activities. Volunteers wearing bright green “Go Green, Go Bulls” T-shirts will be collecting recyclables from tailgaters from 10 a.m. until noon and then will go through the stands after the game and do the same.

Tailgaters are asked to place their plastic bottles and aluminum cans into piles and for those in the stands to leave them by their seats for volunteers to easily collect.

The Sierra Club is partnering up with the University of South Florida’s Office of Sustainability to compete against other colleges and universities in the country to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. All participating schools must design a waste reduction program and implement it at a home football game in October.

“Our combined efforts toward recycling will not only help to reduce the tremendous amount of waste that accumulates during Bulls games at Ray Jay Stadium, but will also bring much needed attention to the issue,” said Christian Wells, director of the Office of Sustainability and associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

The greenest school will be determined by the amount of waste generated and recycled at each school. Schools can compete and win in several categories, including waste reduction, diversion rate, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling and organics reduction.

“I am so proud of all the USF students who have already committed to spend part of their Saturday helping to recycle at the game, and look forward to receiving additional pledges to help,” Wells said. “This is everyone’s university--we all need to work to ether for a cleaner, greener USF.”


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Anthropology    
Author: Daylina Miller