October 10, 2011 — The University of Virginia Department of Athletics and U.Va. Sustainability are again partnering in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Game Day Challenge" on Oct. 15, when the Cavalier football team hosts Georgia Tech at Scott Stadium.
The Game Day Challenge is part of the EPA's WasteWise program, which is designed to promote waste reduction and increase awareness of waste-reduction programs. Approximately 80 colleges and universities will implement waste-reduction programs during a home football game in October. They will track and report recycling and waste data that will then be used to rank the schools. The EPA will announce the winning schools in November.
Following the Virginia-Georgia Tech football game, recyclables will be weighed and compared to the total amount of trash generated. U.Va. Sustainability, which co-ordinates sustainability efforts on Grounds, plans to compete in the category for the best recycling rate per person attending the game.
Approximately 100 student volunteers will assist with the Game Day Challenge on Friday and Saturday. Wearing orange shirts with the words " 'HOOS RECYCLE," the volunteers will deliver bags to tailgaters across Grounds, explain the contest and encourage fans to recycle.
U.Va. Recycling will set up extra recycling containers for Saturday's game. Volunteers will be stationed at the stadium entrances to encourage fans to recycle as they enter. Announcements supporting the effort will also be made throughout the game.
This is U.Va.'s second Game Day Challenge; last year, after the Cavaliers hosted the University of North Carolina, 15,399 pounds of recyclables were weighed and compared to 30,600 pounds of trash generated. U.Va. ranked first among Atlantic Coast Conference schools and seventh among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I institutions for total recycling and per-capita greenhouse gas reduction. U.Va. finished ninth overall out of 79 participating schools.
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