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Go Deacs. Go Green(er).

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Lauren Formica ('16)Although summer is usually a time for relaxation, rejuvenation, and rest, for game day recycling intern Lauren Formica (‘16), summer is more about the three R’s of resource management: reduce, reuse, and recycle. To prepare for this fall’s Go Deacs. Go Green. football game day recycling campaign, Formica attended the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit this June in Atlanta, GA.

Held at Georgia Tech and hosting 110 attendees, the annual meeting is an opportunity to engage with national peers who orchestrate and support sustainability efforts in collegiate athletics. The meeting includes speaker sessions and an idea-sharing forum focused on athletic event recycling at colleges and universities. The summit doesn’t just highlight success stories; it also includes lessons learned from less-than-successful efforts.

Formica found these group interactions to be a highlight of the conference. “It made me realize there are some real advantages and disadvantages to being a smaller university. Many of the things that didn’t work at some of the larger institutions, may work well at Wake Forest because of our size,” she concluded.

Another goal of the forum is to showcase the benefits of sports-focused sustainability efforts. These include fan pride and loyalty, which Formica touts as a key reason she was interested in the game day recycling internship. “When I volunteered as a freshman, I enjoyed interacting with alumni who weren’t aware of the resources we now have on campus. They were excited about our programs.”

Formica speaks with enthusiasm about the ideas that the meeting provided, many of which she thinks could be effective at Wake Forest. “I want to continue the success we have and hope to expand upon it,” she says. These developments might include creating a strategic plan for game day recycling or garnering more program participation from both on and off-campus organizations.

Mindful of the work ahead, Formica is excited about the prospects for the fall football season. And honestly, what true Demon Deacon fan isn’t already?

By Hannah Slodounik, Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability

Go Deacs! Go Green!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Increased engagement with fans and a streamlined process behind the scenes led to a successful second season for the university’s Game Day Recycling program. During the Demon Deacons’ first six home games, fans, volunteers, and Athletics staff members worked together to divert nearly 7 tons of cans, bottles and cardboard recycling from the landfill.

The highest diversion rate for any single game occurred during Homecoming weekend. As the Deacs battled the Hokies on the field, Deacon fans of all ages ensured that 19 percent of waste from the stadium hit the recycling center instead of the landfill. Fans recycled more than 2700 pounds of cans and bottles alone in the tailgating lots and inside the stadium during this game.

“The tailgaters were very excited this year,” Game Day Recycling intern, junior Erin Murphy, said. “People expected us to be there (this year) and were really happy to see us.”

Turf Director for Athletics, Abby McNeal, credits increased communication and education as game changers for the program this year. Season ticket holders received “Go Deacs! Go Green!” window decals with green tailgating tips before the season began, to get them excited about the program. The recycling message was also displayed on the new video board at the stadium at various points throughout games.

More extensive training of staff members and clearer labeling of recycling containers within the stadium helped staff members execute their tasks more easily and ensured that visitors received a consistent, clear message.  Caitlin Brooks Edwards, Wake Forest Fellow, said. “If people focus on recycling cans and bottles (including plastic and glass) the process is simplified and we avoid confusion and contamination of the bins.”

Volunteers gear up for a winning season with Game Day Recycling program

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Game Day RecyclingThe first home football game of the season on September 10 kicked off the second season of the university’s Game Day Recycling program. By helping distribute recycling bins to tailgaters and encouraging fans to do the right thing, students, staff and faculty continue to support Deacon fans in diverting thousands of pounds of waste from landfills.

Junior Erin Murphy, this year’s Game Day Recycling intern who coordinates the efforts of program volunteers, decided to become more involved after volunteering with the program her sophomore year. “I had a great time interfacing with fans,” she said. “And it was a fun way to enjoy game day. I felt like the program was really making a difference in waste reduction at our tailgates.”

With strategically placed recycling bins to collect recyclable cans and bottles, program organizers strive to make it as easy as possible for fans to recycle. A tent near the Bridger Field House serves as the Game Day Recycling headquarters. From the main tent, receptacles specially outfitted with circular openings are wheeled out to the gold, blue, and red lots to tailgate tents. Meanwhile, smaller groups of tailgaters can pick up clear plastic bags to dispose of their recyclables. Fans should look for the “Go Deacs — Go Green” logo that marks bins designated for cans and bottles.

Murphy aims to increase the amount of recyclables collected this year and to involve even more Deacon fans with the program. She said the program will be adapted to accommodate changes made to the layout of the tailgating concourse. “We have added more recycling bins to the program, and included more receptacles in the stadium as well,” Murphy said.

The program is made possible through the combined efforts of Athletic Department staff members, the Office of Sustainability, and student volunteers. Director of Facilities for Athletics, Chris Stilley, and Director of Turf Management, Abby McNeal, have worked to ensure the success of the program in preparation for its second season. Jim Carlin and Dean Jarvis of the Athletic Department have also been instrumental in implementing the collection program. Great Outdoor Provision Company has generously co-sponsored the “Green Team” volunteer t-shirts and “Go Deacs — Go Green” fan koozies for the second consecutive year.

This year, notice of the program went out to all season ticket holders by way of a printed postcard with game day recycling instructions on one side and a “Go Deacs —  Go Green” window cling on the other. Many fans responded by visiting the headquarters tent during the first home game to thank organizers for providing more outlets for recycling and to pick up supplies. Former sustainability intern and current Wake Forest Sustainability Fellow, Caitlin Brooks, is supporting the program from the staff side this year. “Fans expect to find opportunities to recycle their waste wherever they go. We’re pleased to try to help meet their needs.”

By Jane Connors, Communications and Outreach Intern

Game Day Recycling program kicks off great start to season

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Photo by De'Noia Woods, Photography Intern

Deacon fans young and old have something new to cheer about at this season’s home football games. Tailgaters in the Gold, Blue, Red, and Green lots recycled more than 1000 pounds of cans and bottles at the two opening home games, as part of the university’s new Game Day Recycling program.

Jenny King, the office of sustainability Game Day Recycling intern worked throughout the summer to ensure a successful roll-out of the program on September 2. New students enrolled in the SPARC and Sustainability in Action programs donated their time before orientation to convert unused black trash and recycling cans into bins suitable for the tailgating areas of BB&T Stadium. They drilled can-sized holes in the tops of the bins and painted a gold ring around these holes. The bins are latched to discourage contamination and stickers remind fans to deposit only cans and bottles.

These large containers are wheeled out to tailgating tents throughout the parking lots. Smaller tailgating locations receive clear plastic bags for their collection. Brand new green recycling cans are placed around the entrances of the stadium to catch can and bottle waste from drinks not allowed within the stadium gates. The Game Day Recycling program encourages recycling of cans and bottles, but is not set up for the collection of paper.

All materials are collected right before kick-off by Athletic Department staff members. Director of Facilities Chris Stilley and Director of Turf Management Abby McNeal have been instrumental in the successful roll-out of the program. The collection program would not be possible without the assistance of Athletic Department stalwarts Jim Carlin and Dean Jarvis.

This program is powered by volunteers and the interns from the Office of Sustainability. The program rewards volunteers with a small amount of money based on the number of hours worked. This money is given to a student organization of the volunteer’s choice. The more volunteers from an organization and the more hours volunteered the more money that organization receives. The popular “Green Team” volunteer t-shirts and “Go Deacs Go Green” koozies for the fans were generously sponsored by the Great Outdoor Provision Company.

The tailgate collection program supplements the existing collection programs inside the stadium concourse and in the luxury suites.

By Caitlin Brooks, Communications and Outreach Intern