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Schools divert trash at football games.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November lauded 77 colleges and universities for reducing the amount of waste generated during football games.

The agency's 2010 Game Day Challenge resulted in more than 500,000 pounds of waste being diverted from landfills, which prevented the release of nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to EPA.

"Throwing away valuable materials, on game day or any other day, is literally throwing away money, in addition to the fact that it's bad for our environment," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "Through their participation in this challenge, these colleges and universities are showing that, win or lose, every campus can take something positive away from game day by the simple act of recycling."

Targeting more than 2.8 million fans, 77 schools participated in the competition, which required schools to track the amount of recycled, composted, reused, donated and disposed of waste during one home football game. Top honors went to Ithaca College, Marist College, University of California at Davis, University of Central Oklahoma and Univeristy of Tennessee at Martin. Winners were determined based on the amount of waste that was diverted from the landfill in relation to the amount of generated waste and the number of people at the game.
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Title Annotation:STUDENTS IN BRIEF
Author:Johnson, Teddi Dineley
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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