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First Green Panther Challenge Perfect Sort Gameday a Success

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First Green Panther Challenge Perfect Sort Gameday a Success

October 20, 2015

Perfect Sort Gameday

Twenty student athletes from a variety of Middlebury teams stood by waste stations in Alumni Stadium and outdoor tailgating area at Saturday’s chilly Homecoming football game against Williams, instructing fans on how to properly sort their waste into recycling, compost and landfill bins. The volunteers, in their bright green shirts, could be seen from across the stadium helping fans sort and engaging in lively discussions about Middlebury College’s waste stream.

The Green Panther Challenge, a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability Integration and Athletics that hosted the event, seeks to engage student athletes on issues on sustainability, as well as to involve fans and community members in sustainability efforts. This year student athletes will be addressing the theme of waste management through team-wide actions as well as educating fans and audience members at a handful of Perfect Sort Gamedays.

While the sorting rates were not “perfect” yet, they were certainly better than at events without volunteer educators. Stay tuned for more detailed reports throughout the year.

The yearlong goal is to educate fans, athletes and community-members about proper waste management and to reduce what Middlebury College sends to the landfill. Perfect Sort Gamedays will take place at one more football game this season, and at certain games throughout the ice hockey and basketball season. Keep an eye on the Franklin Environmental Center’s Facebook page for more information, and look for the green-clad volunteers at games! Thank you to all of our volunteers, players and fans for this tremendous effort.