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The Game is ON! Can Your School Beat-out Climate Change?

2010 September 10

By Felicia Chou

I couldn’t catch a football even if you handed it to me. But I can chug my energy drink, slather my face with war paint, and root for my team like there is no tomorrow. I can also help my school reign supreme in EPA’s Game Day Challenge, simply by cutting down on the waste that ends up in the trash at the game. From now until September 30, any college or university with a football team across the country can   register to battle it out both on and off the field. All they have to do is come up with an awesome recycling or waste-reducing plan, carry it out at a home football game in October, and keep tabs on the results.

I can see it now: Student organizations and volunteers out in throngs, collecting recyclables and food donations, all in the name of school spirit and environmental Touch Downs. It’ll be like one of those heart-warming, fist-pumping scenes from “Rudy,” except without the underdog, and it involves recycling. With less than half of the aluminum cans in this country getting recycled, and more than 97% of our leftover food going to the landfill, we could all use some environmental wins.

Schools can win in these categories:

  • least amount of waste generated per attendee
  • greatest greenhouse gas reductions
  • highest recycling rate
  • highest organics reduction rate (i.e., food donation and composting)
  • highest combined recycling and composting rate.

Winners will be crowned this November. Not only will the champion schools receive bragging rights for the rest of the year, they’ll be helping the environment, one recycled can or half-eaten hotdog at a time. And while I’m up in the bleachers, wearing my favorite jersey and proudly displaying my colors, I’ll be tweeting away (#gameday) on how I’m doing my part to help score against climate change.

To register for the Game Day Challenge

More information on the Game Day Challenge

More information on WasteWise program

About the author: Felicia Chou is a Program Analyst at the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. She enjoys long walks on the beach, photography, and getting into brawls with rival college football fans. Before joining EPA in 2008, Felicia worked as an Associate Producer at a local news station in upstate New York.

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17 Responses leave one →
  1. Ian @ The Accident Claim Company permalink
    September 11, 2010

    Anything that enourages a reduction in green house gases and tackles climate change has to be celebrated. Good luck with the challenge! In our company we encourage a paperless environmental policy to help cut down on paper waste.

  2. JIm permalink
    September 16, 2010

    Great post. I know HRS in our area offers alot of these types of community projects. Good job!

  3. evenlloyd permalink
    September 21, 2010

    Cut down on the waste. I think this is the right and possible idea for a school that will beat out for a climate change….just keep it up.

  4. even_lloyd permalink
    September 22, 2010

    This expresses in Greenversations the environment is such a large part of our lives. Beat out climate change.

  5. www.cameraopticalzoom.org permalink
    October 27, 2010

    great post thank you

  6. http://1on1academictutors.com/los-angeles-tutoring permalink
    November 4, 2010

    well it’s november 4th, who won?

  7. Ashley permalink
    November 21, 2010

    I think that this is a really great idea. You can capitalize on the competitive atmosphere of sports to achieve an environmental goal. Sporting events certainly generate tons of waste materials that could easily be recycled instead of thrown away, but you rarely see recycling containers anywhere. Maybe programs like this will better raise awareness and get people in the mind set to not throw away all their waste, but instead to recycle it. As a college student, I have noticed a growing consciousness about the impact we have on the environment around my campus and among people my age. I think programs like this can capitalize on the growing environmental movement among the nation’s youth to move forward green agendas. Adding in the opportunity for sports fans to compete to beat their rivals in one more way will only further the green movement on college campuses. I am curious to see the kind of results that this programs was able to achieve in its first year.

  8. speed reading course permalink
    December 20, 2010

    I think no school can ever challenge the nature.To challenge the climate change means to challenge the nature.

  9. Danielle Roundtree permalink
    January 29, 2011

    I think this is great! I hope as many schools as possible get involved in this challenge. This is a fun, easy way to save and protect our environment. It is going to be small steps like this that ultimately make a difference.

  10. http://www.jocuri-gratis.ro permalink
    February 13, 2011

    Very useful information. I appreciate your effort, very well written article.

  11. Hoosier Aussie permalink
    February 21, 2011

    I think this is a wonderful idea! Could there be a national initiative? I think that this type of competition could bring together students who are interested in a broad range of interests from farming to engineering. I hope to see more initiatives like this in more schools everywhere!

  12. Emma Jones permalink
    July 11, 2011

    I’m aware of the unifying power of football,but i’ve seen where it inspires those who love the game to go out “collecting recyclables and food donations, all in the name of school spirit and environmental Touch Downs”. Great spirit.

  13. May 29, 2012

    Hi ,

    This blog is very useful ,thank you ,I will return later for other items.

    Take care of you,
    Jocuri Alexander

  14. August 6, 2012

    Hi, my name is Terry and i have 19 years old.
    As a college student, I have noticed a growing consciousness about the impact we have on the environment around my campus and among people my age.

  15. Jocurinoi permalink
    March 5, 2013

    Hi! I found this blog very interesting!

    Good luck!

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    March 5, 2013

    Keep up the good job!

    Cristina

  17. http://jocurinoi12.com/ permalink
    January 29, 2014

    Great post!
    Crix

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