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Women’s Basketball Green Gameday!

1 down, 1 to go: Women’s Basketball Green Game Day was a success! Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the women’s basketball team beat SMU 102-41 for their 30th consecutive win. By coming to this game, viewers supported the school’s athletics and recycling initiatives. Volunteers from EcoHusky and student interns from the Office of Environmental Policy collected the bottles left in the stands, and recycled almost 300 bottles and would have had to recycle more if it weren’t for the help of recycle-savy fans.

Volunteers with all the bottles we collected from the stands after the game

Volunteers with all the bottles we collected from the stands after the game

Volunteers from EcoHusky at Avery Point also came out to support Green Game Day and the women’s basketball team; it was hard to miss them as they handed out tattoos and flyers at the entrances to Gampel Pavilion. Stay tuned for Men’s Basketball Green Game Day on February 22nd as UConn plays SMU!

– Chris

Volunteers from the Avery Point chapter of EcoHusky along with our very own Kerrin Kinnear

Volunteers from the Avery Point chapter of EcoHusky along with our very own Kerrin Kinnear

 

OEP Interns Emily and Eric "man the can" to direct waste and recycling into the correct bins

OEP Interns Emily and Eric “man the can” to direct waste and recycling into the correct bin


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Katie’s pumped for Green Game Day!

Is everyone ready for Green Game Day this Saturday???  I certainly hope so!  So, what can you do to make the most of this year’s football Green Game Day?  Start your game experience right at home by packing only reusable and recyclable materials for your tailgating party.  When you arrive at the game keep an eye out for EcoHusky and EcoHouse volunteers who will be promoting eco-friendly behavior and collecting recyclables from fans.  If you’ve got a minute between barbecuing and swapping stories with fellow fans, take a walk over to the Fanfest area where more volunteers will be waiting to educate you about UConn’s green initiatives (there are even some fun giveaways!  Honestly, who doesn’t like free stuff?) During the game keep an eye and ear open for any messages that will let you know all of the great ways that Rentschler field is going green.

My experiences at past Green Game Days (GGDs) have always left me with a positive feeling.  At Rentschler, I’ve gotten the chance to both collect recyclables from tailgaters and work the booth, both of which I found to be rewarding experiences.  I was so encouraged by how fans were completely on board with our efforts and gladly handed over their empties for recycling.  Several fans even wanted to know more about our mission and I was happy to give them a little insight into the efforts of the OEP and our affiliated student groups.  At the booth I thought it was great educating fans of all ages and interacting with them through fun little games and just general conversation.  I have also had the opportunity to orchestrate two Basketball GGDs and I would just like all the fans to know, it takes a lot of work!  I sincerely hope that everything we do behind this scenes pays off and that you as fans feel like the green message has shown through and encourages you to be more eco-friendly in your endeavors even after you leave the game.

So gear up, get pumped, and get ready to recycle!

-Katie


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Reflections on Green Game Days Gone Past

It’s that time of year when school spirit is at a high as students to prepare to cheer on the UConn football team.  There is no shortage of Husky pride here at the Office of Environmental Policy, but we have more to celebrate than just football. On September 14th the OEP and UConn Athletics will carry out the fifth annual football Green Game Day.

The annual football Green Game Day event is dedicated to educating the fans about recycling.  Individual volunteers, as well as volunteers from EcoHusky, EcoHouse, and from a freshman sustainability course (taught by Rich Miller, Director of the OEP), gather together to collect recyclables from fans tailgating at the game.  The volunteers also promote awareness about recycling and educate the fans about proper disposal of recyclables within the stadium.

I had the privilege of volunteering at the Green Game Day last year through my freshman sustainability course.  The experience I had at my first Green Game Day is one that I will never forget.  By volunteering, I helped to reduce the amount of solid waste produced at the game.  I also got to reach out to students and fans about the importance of recycling.  This experience was incredibly rewarding and led me to participate in other sustainability events on campus thereafter.

Before the football game started, I walked around the parking areas with about half of the other volunteers armed with a green bag sporting the EcoHusky logo, as we collected all manner of recyclables from the tailgaters.  The fans were all very responsive to our efforts and began putting their recyclables in bags or in a central location so that we could access them more easily.  Many tailgaters commended us on our dedication to the environment and some even mentioned their hopes for a more permanent recycling program at the field.

I also got to work at the information tent at FanFest, located just outside the stadium.  While there we informed fans and students alike about the Office of Environmental Policy, about our Green Game Day initiatives throughout the year, and about the end-products of recycling.  We also set up sustainability-oriented games that people could play and gave away prizes if we saw anyone recycling on their own.  While spending time at the tent, the OEP was able to reach out to a lot of people and help them realize just how essential recycling is.

Finally, just before kickoff, the volunteers went in waves into the stadium to man the garbage cans for the first half of the game.  Once stationed, our goal was to educate the fans about proper disposal of recyclables.  Many people do not have a clear idea of what is or is not recyclable.  As a result, they either throw everything away or end up contaminating the recycling stream with non-recyclables. Through the Green Game Day, we were able to encourage recycling and to make people more aware of what can and cannot be recycled.

At the end of the day we were able to completely fill three dumpsters with recyclable goods that would otherwise have been thrown away.  The greater accomplishment, though, was to make people more aware of correct recycling procedures as well as the importance of recycling.  I cannot wait to participate in Green Game Day again this year so that I can again make a positive impact on the fans that are there and so that I can cheer on my team!  Go Huskies!

-Brianna


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Green Game Day: UConn vs Iowa State

On Friday, September 16th, the Office of Environmental Policy and UConn Athletics co-hosted Green Game Day, an environmental awareness campaign that encourages fans to do their part in reducing the footprint of UConn Athletic events. Thirty volunteers collected recyclables from tailgaters and educated fans about the importance of recycling. As much of the estimated eight tons of garbage produced at each Husky home game is recyclable, this event significantly contributes to reducing UConn’s environmental impact. Additionally, a student-run booth featuring a green initiatives display further enthused fans by providing them with recycling bags of their own.

A group shot of the Green Game Day volunteers.

A group shot of the Green Game Day volunteers.