Davis takes first place in National Game Day challenge
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) will present UC Davis with an award for their impressive
efforts to reduce waste during this year’s Aggies’ football season.
The Northern California university took home first prize for
achieving the highest waste diversion rate in the country as
part of EPA’s 2010 Game Day Challenge, a national competition
for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their
The Aggies’ blew away their competitors by achieving a nearly
90 percent diversion of waste to recycling and composting, 20
percent higher than the second place university, Ohio State University.
Their high mark was achieved during the October 23, 2010 home
game when nearly all the waste generated by the crowd of 6,835
on hand was composted or recycled. The amount of waste sent to
a landfill was only 90 pounds.
Key to their success in approaching their
zero waste goal has been a commitment by their concessionaire
to only sell items that come in recyclable or compostable packaging.
For example, only candy in paper boxes is sold, and beverages
are served in compostable cups, including a compostable straw.
Student monitors provide assistance to fans to help them place
their waste in the correct containers.
During the EPA’s National Game Day Challenge
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.