October 19, 2010

Help Vanderbilt win EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge at Homecoming on Oct. 23

At the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 23, Vanderbilt won’t just be taking on South Carolina. While the Commodore Nation is gearing up to cheer for Vandy on the field, we can also be helping Vanderbilt score off the field in the Environmental Protection Agency Game Day Challenge.

Vanderbilt will compete with other universities around the country, and as part of the SEC division against other divisions, in the EPA’s Recycling Challenge.

The goal: be the university and/or division with the least amount of waste generated per person at the game.

As a way to reduce the overall waste produced at this game, the VU Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) will be recruiting extra volunteers to supplement the recycling system that is already in place for home football games.

We are also asking fans to be aware of the waste they are producing and to try out some of our waste reduction tips, such as:
• Bring reusable food containers, plates, and cups for your tailgate
• Buy plastic cups and plates with recycle symbols No. 1or No. 2 for your tailgate
• Buy items that have as little packaging as possible
• Bring only what food and beverages you need for your tailgate, and take home the leftovers
• Recycle all plastics and aluminum cans in recycling bins located on the concourse, at the gates and near every tailgate area

After the game, the total waste and recycling generated will be calculated and submitted to the Game Day Challenge organizers. The schools that generate the least amount of waste per person in attendance at the game will be announced as the winners at the beginning of November.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, please contact SEMO at recycle@vanderbilt.edu or call 343-7881. More information about Vanderbilt’s recycling and sustainability programs can be found at the SustainVU website, www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu.