FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2010
EPA Announces 2010 Game Day Challenge Winners
Seventy-seven colleges and universities divert 500,000 pounds of waste from landfills
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the 2010 Game Day Challenge winners. U.S. colleges and universities competed to reduce the most amount of waste during a home football game.
“Disposing of valuable materials in the waste stream represents a lost opportunity for our economy and for our efforts to protect the environment,” says Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Through participation in the Game Day Challenge, these colleges and universities are encouraging our society’s future leaders to improve the ways we manage our resources.”
During the month of October, 77 participating schools targeted more than 2.8 million fans at football games. The schools together diverted more than 500,000 pounds of waste from landfills, which prevented the release of nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 179 cars.
Participating schools tracked the amount of recycled, composted, reused, donated, and disposed of waste during one home football game. Winners were determined based on the amount of waste that was diverted from the landfill in relation to the amount of generated waste and the number of people at the game.
Waste Minimization Champion: Ithaca College and University of Tennessee at Martin
Diversion Rate Champion: University of California, Davis
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Champion: University of Central Oklahoma
Recycling Champion: University of Central Oklahoma
Organics Reduction Champion: Marist College
The competition was sponsored by EPA’s WasteWise program, a voluntary program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. Launched in 1994, the program has more than 2,700 members.
More information on participant results: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/challenge/gameday/results.htm
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