Go Deacs. Go Green., a partnership effort between Wake Forest Athletics and the Office of Sustainability, enters its third year with the kickoff of this season’s football game day recycling campaign.  Beginning this Saturday, September 1st, with Wake Forest’s game against Liberty University, volunteers will work to ensure recyclables stay out of the landfill whenever the Demon Deacons play at home.  Over the course of last season, volunteers collected nearly 7 tons of recyclables and this year the campaign aims for even greater rates of diversion.

Volunteers are a vital to the success of game-day recycling.  Before the school year even got going, participants in SPARC, a pre-orientation program run by the Office of Service and Social Action, helped refresh the program’s tailgate recycling bins with new paint and campaign stickers.  On each home-game day, three shifts of volunteers distribute recycling bins to tailgating lots, educate fans on proper recycling, and collect full bins after fans enter the stadium.  Both the first and second shifts end before kick-off and the third shift ends only about half an hour into the game.

The Deacon Express game-day shuttle begins running four hours before kick-off, picking up in the parking lot on the East side of Wait Chapel and dropping off at the Indoor Tennis facility near BB&T field on 32nd street. In the spirit of going green, volunteers are encouraged to ride the shuttle.  Volunteers who are unable to access the shuttle can alternatively obtain a volunteer parking pass from the Office of Sustainability.  Those who participate in the game-day efforts also receive a Green Team t-shirt.

Game-day recycling is an excellent residence hall activity or service opportunity for a campus organization.  We also welcome individuals and students looking to fulfill community service hours.

To participate, contact game-day recycling intern, Austin Smith at smitad8@wfu.edu. Check out the Wake Forest Athletics site to find dates for all home games.