FAQs

When is the deadline to register my Game Day?

October 14, 2014. Registration for the 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge is now closed. To discuss late registration, please email the GameDay Helpline.

What is the Zero Waste Wall of Fame?

The Zero Waste Wall of Fame recognizes schools that are approaching or have achieved 90 percent diversion rates within their football stadiums.

Data Submission and Reporting Deadline

Game data can be submitted as early as August 18.  Deadline to submit or update data is December 8, 2014.

How do I measure attendance?

Simply report the official game attendance shown in the box score for the game.

Can we report more than one game? Which one is counted?

Yes.  Schools may report one or more home games.  Where more than one game is reported we will use your best result for each category.  For example, if a school reports three games and the Diversion Rate ranking is highest from the first game while the best Waste Generation number is from the third game we will use the best numbers for each category even when they come from different games.

Is my school eligible?

Any college or university in the United States with a football program can participate in the Game Day Recycling Challenge.

I need help registering my school.

If you have never competed in Game Day Recycling Challenge before and do not have a Re-TRAC account, refer to this Registration Guide for New Re-TRAC Users. This will help you create a ReTRAC Connect account and complete the Game Day Recycling Challenge forms.

Returning Competitors:

If you have participated in the Game Day Recycling Challenge in the past or if you have an existing Re-TRAC Connect account, please refer to the Registration Guide for Users with Existing Re-TRAC Accounts.

For questions not covered in the guides, email helpline@gamedaychallenge.org. Helpline support will generally respond within 24 hours.

How do I get involved?
  1. Register your school. Click here to get started.
  2. Spread the word across campus through Twitter (#GreenGameDay and @GameDayChallenge) and Facebook
  3. Create a Game Day Challenge event check-in on Foursquare for your school’s chosen home game (please see How To: Set Up a Foursquare Place or Event  for directions)
What are the award categories for Game Day Challenge?

There will be two national awards and also five awards within each conference or division

National Challenge

Schools that can measure waste and recycling in BOTH their stadium and tailgate/parking areas are eligible for the National Challenge

  • Diversion Rate
  • Total Recycling

 Conference awards

Schools compete within their own athletic conference.  Schools that are not a part of a conference (“independent”) will be listed separately.

Schools should strive to measure waste and recycling inside and outside their stadium but may submit data from just inside the stadium, just outside the stadium or both inside and outside the stadium.

Since most conference awards are based on attendance (per capita), schools competing for a conference award must report official stadium attendance as listed on the box score from the game.  If there is not an official box score schools can report estimated attendance.

  1. Recycling: The school with the highest recycling per capita wins.
  2. Waste Generation: The school with the lowest per capita waste generation wins.
  3. Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The school with the highest greenhouse gas reduction per capita wins.
  4. Organics Reduction:  The school with the highest organic reduction rate per capita wins.
  5. Conference Diversion Rate:  The school with the highest recycling rate wins.

For complete rules on how rankings are calculated go to Results and Standings on the Measuring and Reporting page.

Which schools are participating?

A list of competing schools is posted here.

I need more help!

Free technical assistance is available to all Game Day Challenge participants to help design and implement effective waste reduction activities. Key tools and resources include:

  • The Game Day Challenge Helpline, a free email service staffed by board members of RecycleMania and CURC, offers access to information specialists trained to answer questions about the Game Day Challenge, including technical questions on how to design and implement a Game Day waste reduction program. You can contact Game Day Challenge Helpline at helpline@gamedaychallenge.org
  • The Game Day Challenge Resources web page contains a variety of resources, including information and guidance on how to set up and operate a Game Day waste reduction program.