Green Game Days at Rentschler Field, September 26th, 2015
The collective efforts of the Office of Environmental Policy and students from EcoHusky, EcoHouse, and the Honors Program generated yet another successful Green Game Day. As the UConn Huskies faced off against Navy, our volunteers strived to collect as many recyclables as possible, educated tailgaters about recycling, and discussed with them the various sustainability initiatives at UConn. As stated by one of our volunteers, Caroline Anastasia, “The people who allowed us to educate them were very grateful.” The outcome of the football game may not have been desirable; however, the 1,520 pounds of recyclables collected, and the wealth of knowledge spread, can certainly be considered a victory.
Green Game Days at Gampel Pavilion, February 4th & 28th, 2015
Not only was February 4th a great day for UConn Men’s Basketball; it was an outstanding day for recycling on our campus. The Huskies beat East Carolina 65-52 at Gampel, and over 400 bottles were collected by over 15 student volunteers: a win on multiple levels. Thank you to all that came to the Men’s Basketball Green Game Day to support UConn athletics as well as our recycling initiatives!
After entering Gampel Pavillion, fans were greeted by student volunteers who reminded and encouraged them to practice efficient recycling habits. Fans were also given a list of dates of upcoming green events, such as Earth Day Spring Fling. Along with the volunteers, the UConn cheerleaders joined the cause, wearing green ribbons and wristbands. Even the Husky Mascot was involved in promoting recycling, sporting an EcoHusky t-shirt with phrase, “Big dog. Small ecological footprint.”
Student volunteers dispersed throughout Gampel to “man the can,” educating fans and ensuring that they placed the correct waste in the correct bins. At the end of the game, all bottles were gathered into bags, and the profits, five cents per bottle, went to EcoHusky to promote further environmental awareness. Again, we offer a big thank you to all that came out to this past Green Game Day. For those of you eager to attend the next Green Game Day, it will take place on February 28th, when UConn Women’s Basketball takes on Memphis. We hope to see you there!
February 28th was quite a day for UConn Women’s Basketball. Not only did the Huskies win their second-straight American Athletic Conference regular season crown; Kiah Stokes earned her 300th block, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis joined UConn’s 2,000 point club!
Despite all of the excitement, UConn fans still found time to recycle their bottles at the game. This season’s Women’s Basketball Green Game Day was a success, yet again. Volunteers from EcoHusky, EcoHouse, and the Office of Environmental Policy encouraged fans to recycle, promoted future green events, and collected countless bags of bottles after the game. The responses from fans of all ages were enthusiastic and positive. So many of them expressed that they already practice great recycling strategies, which is fantastic to hear, and others appreciated the efforts and devotion of the volunteers to such a great cause.