Oct. 23, 2013
Charlottesville, Va. - The University of Virginia will step up its game Saturday by adding food composting in its efforts to win an annual football game waste-reduction competition.
The Department of Athletics, U.Va. Sustainability and U.Va. Dining Services are partnering in the annual Game Day Challenge, to be held Saturday when the Cavalier football team hosts the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets at Scott Stadium at 12:30 p.m.
The Game Day Challenge is a national competition sponsored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, Keep America Beautiful and College and University Recycling Coalition, designed to promote waste reduction. This year, 63 colleges and universities are competing to reduce waste during a home football game. The schools will be ranked on their recycling and waste data, with the winner to be announced in January.
In previous years, U.Va. has relied solely upon aggressive recycling efforts in the competition, but this year it will include food waste composting.
"As universities across the nation get more aggressive with their waste reduction and diversion efforts, the Game Day Challenge gets more competitive," said Nina Morris, sustainability outreach coordinator for Facilities Management. "This year, we're including back-of-the-house composting inside Scott Stadium and we're piloting a compost station at the Aquatic & Fitness Center tailgating lot."
Following Saturday's football game, recyclables and compost will be weighed and compared to the total amount of trash generated. U.Va. Sustainability, which coordinates sustainability efforts on Grounds, will submit those totals, plus the total attendance at the football game, to the Game Day Challenge competition organizers.
Last year, U.Va. placed fifth in the "Recycling Champion" category and was third in the "Greatest Greenhouse Gas Reductions From Diverting Waste" category. Student volunteers and Facilities Management employees collected 13,094 pounds of bottles and cans at the game, along with 3,558 pounds of cardboard and 17,220 pounds of trash.
This weekend, "we've got more than 80 students who will collect recyclables from fans before the game and then will also collect food waste once the game has concluded," Morris said. "We're thrilled to partner with U.Va. Athletics on diverting food waste from landfills and we hope this will help us win a Game Day Challenge title."
Student volunteers will assist with this year's Game Day Challenge on Friday and Saturday, wearing orange shirts emblazoned with "HOOS RECYCLE," delivering bags to tailgaters across Grounds, explaining the challenge and encouraging fans to recycle. U.Va. Recycling will set up extra containers for Saturday's game, with volunteers stationed at stadium entrances to encourage fans to recycle. Announcements will also be made throughout the game.
This is the fourth time that U.Va. has participated in the Game Day Challenge.
Ellis Rewarded for Relentless DriveFootball8/31/16Redshirt sophomore Jordan Ellis was his teammates' choice as the player most deserving of the No. 1 pick in the selection of jersey numbers.'Hoos Eager to Take First StepFootball8/29/16At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, against Richmond at Scott Stadium, Bronco Mendenhall makes his debut as Virginia's head football coach.Change Marks New Era at Scott StadiumFootball8/28/16University of Virginia football fans will notice many changes in the team's first season under head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Jeff White: Ellis Rewarded for Relentless Drive
Football | 8/31/2016
Jordan Ellis was his UVA teammates' choice as the player most deserving of the No. 1 pick in the ...
Paint the Town Orange is Friday Night
Football | 8/29/2016
Virginia fans are encouraged to wear orange and blue on Friday, Sept. 2 to support "Paint the...
Bronco Mendenhall Era Commences on Saturday Versus Richmond
Football | 8/29/2016
Jeff White: 'Hoos Eager to Take First Step
Football | 8/29/2016
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, against Richmond at Scott Stadium, Virginia plays its first game under...
Jeff White: Changes Mark New Era at Scott Stadium
Football | 8/28/2016
Fans can expect to see several changes as Virginia embarks on its first season under head coach...
Virginia Unveils Redesign of Football Uniforms
Football | 8/27/2016
The Virginia football program today announced new uniform combinations the Cavaliers will wear...
Coach's Corner with Bronco Mendenhall Tuesday Night
Football | 08/29/2016
The weekly “Coach’s Corner with Bronco Mendenhall” radio program, presented by ...
Kiser Named to Lombardi Award Watch List
Football | 08/25/2016
Virginia inside linebacker Micah Kiser has been named to the preseason Lombardi Award Watch List
- Online Stores