universities divert 130,000 pounds of waste
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
2010 Game Day Challenge college football competition resulted
in a diversion of 130,000 pounds of waste material from landfills
in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
This achievement prevented the release of 181 metric tons of
carbon dioxide which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas
emissions from 31 cars.
“Notre Dame won the Challenge in the upper Midwest, diverting
37,600 pounds of waste for the Green Team,” said Bruce Sypniewski,
director of EPA Region 5’s Land and Chemical Division.
Universities in the Region 5 states that participated in the
Challenge included Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan
University, Illinois State University, Indiana University, Northwestern
University, Ohio University, Purdue University, the Ohio State
University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and
University of Notre Dame.
During the month of October, each school tracked the amount of
recycled, composted, reused, donated and/or disposed of waste
during one home football game. The competition was sponsored
by EPA’s WasteWise program, a voluntary effort through which
organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select
industrial wastes, benefitting their bottom line and the environment.
Launched in 1994, the program has more than 2,700 members.
Nationally, 79 colleges and universities participated in the
Game Day Challenge. The schools together diverted more than 500,000
pounds of waste from landfills, which prevented the release of
940 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual greenhouse
gas emissions from 179 cars.