EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge

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The EPA Game Day Challenge is a recycling competition among colleges and universities around the nation that works to reduce waste consumption and spread sustainability awareness at football games. The point of the challenge is to divert as much waste from landfills as possible during a home football game. Bowdoin has competed in the competition since 2012, and chooses the Homecoming Weekend football game to increase visibility of the event.

Among other numbers, Green Athletics reports the amount of waste collected during the game that was diverted from landfills to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bowdoin is then ranked for its successes! A few of the 59 schools competing in 2015 were Duke, Harvard, and Standford, along with Bowdoin and Tufts representing the NESCAC division. At the 2015 Homecoming Game, 0.165 pounds of total waste per capita was generated, with an overall diversion rate of 83.8% - a three percent improvement relative to 2014 results! That means only 17% of the waste generated that day ended up at the landfill, the rest was either composted or recycled. Volunteers that helped educate game attendees had a fun time and Bowdoin ended the day in 9th place out of the 59 schools that competed.  Go You GREEN BEARS! 

Below is the Box Score for specific numbers from all four years. 

Box Score

Weights (pounds)

Year

Attendance

Total
Waste

Total Recycled

Total
Organics

Diversion
Rate %

2015

2,000

63

267

61

83.8

2014

2,533

495

384

127

77.58

2013

2,000

374

278

102

74.33

2012

2,000

373

305

29

81.80

 

To learn more about the Game Day Challenge visit: gamedaychallenge.org and see Participating Schools for the complete list of colleges and universities participating in 2015.