The Game Day Challenge is a friendly, annual competition sponsored by the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania, and Keep America Beautiful. It is also supported by EPA’s WasteWise program. In the fall, competing colleges and universities implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reduction and disposal data that is used to rank the schools. These were the 2012 champions:
• Waste Minimization: Earlham College
• Diversion Rate: Ohio State University
• Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Franklin College
• Recycling: Franklin College
• Organics Reduction: University of Nevada–Las Vegas
Competing in the Game Day Challenge is just the beginning for many schools. CU-Boulder won three of the five categories during the 2009 Game Day Challenge. In 2010, CU’s “Ralphie’s Green Stampede” initiative diverted 71% of the 77,000 pounds of waste generated at the home football games. The program aims to move the campus toward a zero-waste football stadium by 2020. This will require recycling or composting at least 90% of all materials by that date. Nearly all food and beverage services at Folsom Field have already converted to recyclable or compostable materials and containers. And, most packaging within the stadium is refillable, recyclable, or compostable. There are no public trash containers—only recycling and compost containers—throughout the public areas of Folsom Field.
Registration for the Fall 2013 Game Day Challenge is now open. To learn more, visit http://gamedaychallenge.org.