Who will be crowned the BCS National Champion tonight? Sorry Notre Dame and Alabama. The college football fans across the country have spoken and there are already four winners, not just one. The winners of the 2012 Game Day Challenge — the friendly recycling competition among U.S. colleges and universities — are: Earlham College, Ohio State University, Franklin College and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The goal of the Game Day Challenge is to increase recycling and composting at college football games. As part of the challenge, more than 75 schools across the nation collected cans and bottles, cardboard, food waste and more from the tailgate areas, stadium seating and concessions during at least one 2012 regular season home football game. Schools measured and reported their results along with game attendance to be ranked in five separate categories, the winners of the 2012 Game Day Challenge are:
For more information about how the results are determined:
For a list of participating schools:
The 2012 Game Day Challenge was administered by the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and RecycleMania, Inc., with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many schools will take the Game Day Challenge spirit campus-wide this coming winter with the RecycleMania Tournament, an eight-week competition that includes additional materials such as paper and scrap electronics. Kicking off Feb. 3, this year’s RecycleMania will include a brand new basketball game-day category modeled on the fall Game Day Challenge.
- Waste Minimization Champion (Least amount of waste generated per attendee) –Earlham College
- Diversion Rate Champion (Highest combined recycling and composting rate) – Ohio State University
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Champion (Greenhouse gas emissions prevented by diverting waste) – Franklin College
- Recycling Champion (Highest recycling per attendee) – Franklin College
- Organics Reduction Champion (Highest organics recovery per attendee) – University of Nevada-Las Vegas