Post adapted from post contributed by Matthew Preisser, Former Office of Sustainability Intern
The annual Green Game at Auburn University is set to kick off on September 14th as the Auburn Tigers prepare to face off against Kent State. The Green Game is an opportunity to celebrate the sustainability-related initiatives of the Athletics department, while encouraging fans to also participate in making Gamedays greener.
During the 2018 season, tailgaters recycled around 27 tons of material. However, our all-time high was achieved in 2013 with 41 tons being recycled. Numerous collaborators around campus, including Auburn’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Department and the Office of Sustainability, hope that with your help this season we can beat that record! Let’s make Auburn the #1 recycler in the SEC!!
By recycling cardboard, plastic, and aluminum cans, fans can do their part to conserve resources and help keep the Loveliest Village on The Plains clean. Volunteers pass out recycling bags each week before the game, along with the hundreds of additional recycling locations set up in and outside of the stadium, so Tiger fans can easily recycle while on campus.
This upcoming Green Game will feature the “Trash Talkers” for the third year. Trained and dedicated Trash Talkers will be located at numerous recycling stations just outside and within the stadium during the first half of the game to inform guests on what and where items can be recycled.
Fans can eliminate waste and support Auburn Athletics, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department, and the Office of Sustainability’s effort to make Gamedays more sustainable through a few simple actions:
- Swap disposable tailgate supplies for items that can be reused, such as tableware, cloth napkins, and tablecloths.
- Choose plastic and aluminum over glass and Styrofoam.
- Recycle all plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
- Bring a clear, reusable water bottle to the game and use the water refill stations to fill it up.
- Clean up tailgate areas after the game.
Currently, we are accepting volunteers to be Trash Talkers for the Green Game. The Office of Sustainability will provide T-Shirts, food before the game, entrance into the stadium, and a chance to win a Gus Malzahn signed football. Volunteers will be trained and expected to work through halftime. To sign up, please register by completing our Green Game Volunteer Form by Sunday, September 8th at 11:59 PM.