Yes, this is a change from the 2011 program. For the 2012 Game Day Challenge schools may report more than one game’s worth of data, though it is not a requirement. Where more than one game our reported, results will automatically be factored using the best weight numbers for a given category regardless of which game they are reported for. In other words, the Diversion Rate ranking will use which ever home game had the highest recycling to trash ratio, while Organics Reduction ranking may draw food recovery weights that were higher from a different home game.
Any college or university in the United States with a football program can participate in the Game Day Challenge.
Submit the official published attendance of the home game participating in the GameDay Challenge.
A school can submit data from more than one game during the 2012 regular season. Each game should be registered separately and the game that has the best performance will be used in the final rankings.
Awards will be presented in five categories:
- Waste Generation: The school with the lowest per capita waste generation wins.
- Diversion Rate: The school with the largest overall (combines trash, recycling, and composting data) recycling rate wins.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The school with the largest greenhouse gas reduction wins.
- Recycling: The school with the largest recycling rate wins.
- Organics Reduction: The school with the largest organic reduction rate wins.
The 2012 GameDay Challenge is administered in collaboration between RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) with support from the U.S. EPA.
A list of competing schools will be posted in the near future.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Attend our webinar with registration information, an example of a successful Game Day program and information on how to promote tailgate recycling is scheduled for Thursday September 6th.