Game Day Challenge
- The new Game Day Challenge website is now up and running.
- 2011 Game Day Challenge results are now available.
- The Collegiate Football Sustainable Materials Management Toolkit (PDF) (63 pp, 1.7MB, about PDF) provides a guide for institutions of higher education across the country to implement or improve their game day recycling and sustainability efforts.
- America Recycles Days Go-to Guide: Tailgating Recycling Events (PDF) (7 pp, 663K, about PDF) provides steps for hosting a tailgating recycling event on game day.
Game Day Challenge
The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games. During the challenge, colleges and universities implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reductions and disposal data that is used to rank the schools.
The 2012 Game Day Challenge will be hosted by the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania, and Keep America Beautiful. Please go to the new Game Day Challenge website for 2012 registration information, most recent information, and other resources.
2011 Game Day Challenge Results
The list of winning schools and their Challenge results are now available on our Results page.
- Lower the waste generated at college football games;
- Increase participation by students, faculty, staff, and the community in waste reduction programs; and
- Heighten awareness of waste reduction programs.
Any college or university in the United States with a football program can participate in the Game Day Challenge.
How To Participate
- Register: The 2011 Game Day Challenge has ended. For the winners and participants in 2011, please see our Results page.
- Select Game: Schools must select a regular season home football game.
- Program: Schools must plan and implement a waste reduction program for the selected game.
- Track Data: Schools must track and record data on the waste generated, recyclables collected, and attendance.
- Report Results: Schools must report their numbers via the Post-Game form within a week following the selected game.
EPA will present awards in five categories:
- Waste Generation: The school with the lowest per capita waste generation wins.
- Diversion Rate: The school with the largest overall (combines trash, recycling, and composting data) recycling rate wins.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The school with the largest greenhouse gas reduction wins.
- Recycling: The school with the largest recycling rate wins.
- Organics Reduction: The school with the largest organic reduction rate wins.
For more detail on the awards categories, please visit Results and Standings.
Free technical assistance is available to all Game Day Challenge participants to help design and implement effective waste reduction activities. Key tools and resources include:
- The WasteWise Helpline, a free service, offers access to information specialists trained to answer questions about the Game Day Challenge, including technical questions on how to design and implement a Game Day waste reduction program. You can contact the WasteWise Helpline (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (800) EPA-WISE for assistance.
- The Game Day Challenge Resources web page contains a variety of resources, including information and guidance on how to set up and operated a Game Day waste reduction program.
- Webinars with information from EPA and colleges and universities with experience in Game Day waste reduction programs. Webinar details will be posted to the Game Day Challenge website.