UConn Office of Environmental Policy

Promoting sustainability at UConn

UConn’s Football Green Game Day 2013

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This past Saturday, September 14th, approximately 35 volunteers from the EcoHouse learning community, the EcoHusky student organization, and the UNIV 1784 Environmental Sustainability class joined forces to promote recycling at the Green Game Day for UConn Football versus Maryland.

Green Game Day volunteers gather together on the field before  going out to collect recyclables from tailgaters

Green Game Day volunteers gather together on the field before
going out to collect recyclables from tailgaters

The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) tabled at Fanfest and had a memory game set up with matching single stream recycling items. Both children and adults gathered around the OEP table to play the game and winners were offered a giveaway—carabineers, sunglasses, tattoos, coin purses, and t-shirts. The table also featured information on UConn’s #1 ranking for Sierra’s 2013 Cool Schools Survey.

OEP Interns (right-left) Kerrin, Emily, Eric, and Chris and                                                     OEP Director (center) Rich Miller support UConn’s #1 ranking for Sierra’s 2013 Coolest Schools

OEP Interns (right-left) Kerrin, Emily, Eric, and Chris and
OEP Director (center) Rich Miller support UConn’s #1 ranking for Sierra’s 2013 Coolest Schools

OEP's Fanfest Table, run by Sustainability Coordinators Corinne and Dave, and EcoHouse Program Coordinator Brigid Belko

OEP’s Fanfest Table, run by Sustainability Coordinators Corinne and Dave, and EcoHouse Program Coordinator Brigid Belko

Volunteers empty their recycling bags into the single stream recycling dumpsters after collecting bottles and cans from tailgaters

Volunteers empty their recycling bags into the single stream recycling dumpsters after collecting bottles and cans from tailgaters

Volunteers were paired up and assigned a parking lot (blue, red, or gray) to collect recyclables from and directed to educate the fans on the importance of recycling. Tailgaters were very receptive and appreciative of the volunteers’ effort. Overall the event was very successful—fans lined up at the OEP table to learn more about sustainability at UConn and volunteers collected enough recyclables to fill one of Rentschler’s dumpsters.

Volunteers filled a single stream recycling dumpster with recyclables collected during tailgating

Volunteers filled a single stream recycling dumpster with recyclables collected during tailgating

GGD serves as an opportunity to inform others on how to be more environmentally conscience as well as to introduce volunteers to other students interested in environmental outreach. The OEP will also host a basketball GGD in the winter so stay tuned!

– Emily

Author: UConn OEP

The Office of Environmental Policy at the University of Connecticut brings together students, faculty, staff, and the community for a more environmentally sustainable campus.

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