UVA Sustainability hosted the 11th annual Green Game event on October 16 in the home competition against Duke University. Green Game is part of the nationwide GameDay Recycling Challenge, when dozens of colleges and universities divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. UVA Sustainability, UVA Dine, and Virginia Athletics teamed up to make the day at Scott Stadium a huge success. 

More than 80 student volunteers showed up to help support the event in a multitude of ways. They engaged tailgaters on recycling best practices, staffed waste stations around the concourse, and helped collect compost and recyclables in the bowl after the game. Volunteers are integral in the university’s waste diversion efforts, and having students who are well-versed in sustainability makes a huge difference when sorting items into correct waste streams. 

Throughout the day, Green Game volunteers collected more than 3,000 pounds of compostable materials and more than 9,000 pounds of recyclables like glass, aluminum, and plastics. UVA Dine also supported the event by making sure all leftover food in concession stands and suites was appropriately composted at the end of the event. 

The Office for Sustainability also partnered with Virginia Athletics for the event. Volunteers were featured on the big screen during half-time to help raise awareness about reducing waste. We also set-up educational tabling stations along the concourse. To engage fans in thinking about sustainability, volunteers handed an item to an interested fan and asked whether it should be recycled, composted, or sent to landfill. Knowing what waste item goes where is becoming especially important as we transition to more compostable items in athletic venues, per Governor Northam’s Executive Order 77

UVA Sustainability is excited to start planning our Basketball Green Game event in the winter. Stay tuned for more details! Have any suggestions on Game Day waste diversion practices? Email sustainability@virginia.edu

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