USF Bullish on Recycling

USF ranked high in the EPA Game Day Challenge event.



By Daylina Miller News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2010) – The University of South Florida may have lost the homecoming game to Syracuse but it sure beat them at recycling.


The results are in for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge, an event that encouraged colleges and universities across the country to recycle waste from any one game played in October. USF chose the Oct. 9 homecoming game.


USF ranked third in recycling and fourth in greenhouse gas reduction in the NCAA Division I, Big East Conference, beating out Syracuse.


“Combined with the new recycling program in student housing, this is a strong indication that USF students are very serious about minimizing waste and improving recycling at USF,” said Christian Wells, the director of the Office of Sustainability at USF.


Student participation was impressive, Wells said. Volunteers spent hours scouring Raymond James Stadium for recyclables and picking up trash.


More important than the prestigious ranking, Wells said, was that a partnership between the Sierra Club and USF was formed as a result of the challenge.


The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places and the planet.


“This is just another example of USF students and staff and faculty reaching out to the community and working with the community,” Wells said. “We can’t solve these problems by ourselves. We need our community partners.”


 According to the EPA, 79 participating schools targeted more than 2.8 million fans and diverted more than 500,000 pounds of waste, which prevented nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released. The greenhouse gas emissions avoided is equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from more than 105,000 gallons of gasoline being consumed or from more than 39,000 propane cylinders used for home barbeques.


Daylina Miller covers student activities and trends. She can be reached at 813-500-8754.