ESPN to Work with Colleges to Enhance Recycling Efforts at College GameDay Sites
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Every Saturday morning during the college football season, thousands of fans come out to watch ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot crew discuss that day’s slate of games. This year, ESPN’s sustainability team will be on-site with College GameDay at one of the biggest games of the week to assist the host school in creating an eco-friendly student gathering.
ESPN will work with volunteers from the school’s environmental club and environmental science program to set up recycling bins all around the venue and recover as many bottles and cans as possible, keeping them out of landfills. Clad in “ESPN College GameDay Goes Green” organic cotton tee shirts from a local printer, the students will spread the word about what their groups do on campus while helping ESPN collect recyclables.
The environmental initiative will begin the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. That evening Alabama will host Penn State (on ESPN at 7 p.m.). ESPN’s sustainability crew will travel to every College GameDay site throughout the season.
In addition to recycling, ESPN and the volunteers will educate students about environmental practices at their school and show them how easy it is to recycle.
“It’s no secret that at events of this scope, thousands of bottles and cans are used,” said Fabian DeGarbo, ESPN senior manager of global sustainability. “Only one in four plastic bottles is generally recycled. Our goal at College GameDay sites is to keep over 90% out of the landfill!
“Some schools are already doing a great job, and we plan to share their best practices with schools that are just getting started. College GameDay is our signature college football show and we feel it is important to extend the conservation efforts we practice on our campus to campuses we visit.”
College GameDay expanded to three hours this year and now begins on ESPNU at 9 a.m. ET and continues on ESPN at 10 a.m. every Saturday. Chris Fowler returns as show host with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Erin Andrews anchors several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contributes reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion of the two-time Emmy Award-winning program. College GameDay is in its 24th season and the 18th consecutive year of originating from the site of one of the day’s best games or a game with the most compelling storyline.
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