Vanderbilt takes the EPA Game Day Challenge during the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game Oct. 29

Recycling tricycle and trailer
Mobile recycling stations will be on hand to help tailgaters reduce waste before the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game on Oct. 29

Fans encouraged to get caught “green-handed”

Fans attending the Vanderbilt-Arkansas football game at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday are encouraged to get caught “green-handed” as Vanderbilt takes the EPA’s Game Day Challenge.

Extra volunteers will be on hand to support game-day recycling efforts and hand out prizes to fans who choose to recycle.  Recycling collection tricycles will be circulating throughout tailgate areas to help encourage recycling, and volunteers will collect recyclables from the stands after the game.

Fans can contribute by bringing reusable containers and utensils to tailgate, recycling their plastic and aluminum waste in designated bins, purchasing items with less packaging and bringing home leftover food instead of throwing it away.

More than 65 schools will compete in the challenge.  Last year, participating schools diverted 500,000 pounds of waste from the landfill, and Vanderbilt ranked first in the Southeastern Conference and seventh overall in the Waste Minimization category.

The Game Day Challenge is only one of many ways that Vanderbilt strives to reduce its impact on the environment. Thanks to campus-wide sustainability efforts, Vanderbilt has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent since 2008. For more information about Vanderbilt’s sustainability program, visit SustainVU, become a fan of the SustainVU Facebook page, or contact SEMO at or (615) 322-9022.