Game Day Challenge 2012: Bring it on!

DENTON (UNT), Texas — November 3 will bring about more than a homecoming celebration for UNT, it will also bring on the Game Day Challenge. The Office of Sustainability will be leading efforts to collect as much recyclable material and promote waste reduction at tailgating and the football game, in an effort to win a national recycling competition for athletic events.

On November 10, UNT’s last home game of the football season, the Office of Sustainability will also be participating in America Recycles Day, hosted by Keep America Beautiful.

On both of these events, volunteers will be collecting materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles and cups, and aluminum cans. All items collected during the November 3rd game will be weighed before reporting the data to the Game Day Challenge. UNT will then be ranked against the best football games from each of the participating universities.

“Events like likes these help to bring awareness to campus and really help to create a space where students can be involved on a level that can lead to actual change,” Victoria Knaupp, Office of Sustainability intern said.

The 2012 Challenge is being run by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

The office of Sustainability is pushing to have more students get involved in these events.

“Events like The Game Day Challenge and Recyclemania really help to push students into a role that impacts the university on a much larger level,” said Knaupp. “Recycling is just one part of what it will take to make this campus sustainable but it is a part that is going to need student involvement to be successful.

With over 72 schools participating nation wide, UNT and University of Texas at Austin are the only Texas school participating.

For more on the Game Day Challenge visit and visit to learn more about America Recycles Day.

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