Environmental Competition Excites College Football Fans

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced their 2011 Game Day Challenge. Colleges around the country will compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. The competition is open now, and champions will be crowned in December.

The competition is open to any college or university with a football team. Schools will compete by designing a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game and tracking the results. The amount of waste generated and subsequently recycled determines the winner.

There will be several categories including highest recycling rate, least amount of waste generated per attendee, and greatest greenhouse gas reductions from diverting waste. Schools can win by collecting recyclables and donating or composting food.

Game Day Challenge is sponsored by the EPA's Wastewise program, a voluntary program through which organizations eliminate municipal solid wast and certain industrial wastes, helping both their bottom line and the environment. Last year, more than 75 participating schools kept 500,000 pounds of waste out of landfills, which prevented nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released.

More information on the Game Day Challenge:http://www.epa.gov/gameday

To register for the Challenge:https://my.re-trac.com/gameday

More information about EPA’s Wastewise program:http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm

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