Sept. 7, 2010
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut football game vs. Texas Southern this Saturday will be "Green Awareness Day" at Rentschler Field. Fans will be reminded of several ways to be environmentally friendly when they visit a UConn football game. This marks the second-straight year that a single home football game has been designated "Green Awareness Day".
Environmental responsibility is an important component of "Husky Honor" - UConn's game day environment and sportsmanship program. Nearly 100 tons of waste is produced during a UConn football season -- most of which can be recycled or composted as opposed to thrown away in the trash.
"This 'Green Awareness Day' is part of our University's ongoing effort to promote respect for the environment," says UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. "UConn Football game days at Rentschler Field are a source of pride for all of us, and we thank our loyal fans for their participation in this very important green initiative."
Patrons will be encouraged to recycle in the stadium and to bag their bottles and cans in separate plastic bags as they tailgate.
"It speaks volumes about UConn's commitment to environmental responsibility when we ensure that our values are promoted in all aspects of the University," said Rich Miller, UConn's Director of Environmental Policy. "Athletic events are an important part of life at UConn and it's a great partnership when the Division of Athletics and student EcoHusky volunteers work together to help Husky football fans recycle, reduce waste and prevent litter at Rentschler Field."
UConn students from the "EcoHusky" and EcoHouse" groups will be stationed inside the stadium at recycling areas to educate fans about recycling as part of the "Man the Can" program. Patrons will be able to be "Caught Green Handed" throughout the day as several fans will win prizes when they are recycling at Rentschler.
Various UConn corporate partners will be assisting in the effort. Coca-Cola, Inc., has donated new recycling containers in Rentschler Field. Viridian Energy will distribute plastic bags to be used for recycling in the Blue lots.