On Saturday in Harvard's football game against Princeton, the Crimson fans will be competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Game Day Recycling Challenge.
Additionally, he Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting a canned food drive. Canned good can be donated at the entrance to Harvard Stadium. Drop off a can on your way in and drop in some recyclables on your way out.
The Game Day Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote recycling at their football games. This challenge is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the participating schools such as Harvard, Auburn and West Virginia.
During the month of October, colleges and universities will implement recycling programs during a home football game in October. Schools will track and report recycling and waste data that will then be used to rank the schools. The winning school will be announced in November 2009.
Harvard picked its Saturday, Oct. 24 home game against the Tigers to track and report both recycling and waste data. The information will then be used by the EPA to rank the eight participating schools, and the winner will be announced in November.
The eight participating schools are WVU (vs. Marshall, Oct. 17); Auburn (vs. Kentucky, Oct. 17); Brigham Young (vs. TCU, Oct. 24); Harvard (vs. Princeton, Oct. 24); North Carolina State (vs. Duke, Oct. 10); Ohio University (vs. Kent State, Oct. 24); University of Colorado (vs. Kansas, Oct. 16); and the University of Michigan (vs. Penn State, Oct. 24).
Recycling and trash will be reported to the EPA in pounds. Because of the varying sizes of stadiums involved, schools will be ranked using a formula based on their per capita weight of recyclables.
Recyclable materials included in the EPA challenge are paper (boxboard/chipboard, programs, newspapers, office paper); beverage containers (plastic bottles and cups, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars); corrugated cardboard (cardboard boxes); organics (pre and post-consumer food waste and compostable dinnerware that is composted); and trash (municipal solid waste disposed via landfill or incinerator).