Lycoming College set to tackle recycling initiative at homecoming game

Lycoming College set to tackle recycling initiative at homecoming game

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Lycoming College will participate in the nationwide Game Day Challenge sustainability initiative during the Homecoming football game, Saturday, Oct 20 at 1:30 p.m. at David Person Field. The College is one of nearly 70 schools across the country that will participate in the program during the 2012 football season.

Sponsored through the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful, and with support from the Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, Game Day Challenge aims to promote proper recycling techniques and other waste reduction methods.

Lycoming is the first institution in the Middle Atlantic Conference to take part in Game Day Challenge. Approximately two dozen labeled bins for all types of recycling will be placed around David Person Field. The College's Building and Ground's department and volunteers from the Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and various athletic teams are helping to support the program. They will be collecting recyclables from the stands during the game and directing Warrior fans to dispose of their recyclables in the proper bins. Sustainability coordinators will also be driving a golf cart around the perimeter of the athletic complex to collect material from tailgating areas. T-shirts promoting the event will be sold during the game.

Schools compete in five different categories during the challenge: waste generation, diversion rate, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling and organics reduction. In December, a winner in each individual category will be declared.

Last year, schools participating in the Game Day Challenge ultimately stopped the release of more than 810 metric tons of carbon dioxide through their collective waste reduction efforts.

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Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.