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Sustain-A-Bowl kicks off with Auburn Goes Green game Sept. 14



Auburn fans can recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the more than 300 blue recycling bins around campus. Volunteers also distribute recycling bags to tailgaters on gameday.

This September, residents and Residence Life staff in 30 Auburn University residence halls are participating in the annual Sustain-A-Bowl competition, which challenges each hall to increase recycling and reduce energy and water usage by 10 percent.

The month-long competition kicks off with the Auburn vs. Miss. State football game on Sept. 14, which is the Auburn Goes Green game. Fans are encouraged to shop locally, ride Tiger Transit or carpool to the game, use reusable rather than disposable items such as cups, plates and utensils at their tailgates, and recycle inside and outside the stadium. The Office of Sustainability and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department will participate in the Coca-Cola Fan Fest on the Nichols Center lawn prior to kick-off.

"Moving Sustain-A-Bowl from February to the fall term enables us to engage students early in the year to think about and practice more sustainable behaviors around energy, water and waste," said Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability at Auburn. "Our hope is that by emphasizing sustainable behaviors in September we will see more conservative and responsible resource use throughout the year."

Over the last five years, students have saved nearly $46,000 through energy and water reductions.

During the competition, residents and Residence Life staff will earn points for their halls by participating in events that educate residents about sustainable living. Each week provides a different theme: week one will focus on energy; week two will focus on recycling; week three will focus on social justice; and week four will focus on water.

Other public events include an electronics recycling event on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Saugahatchee Square and a Campus Conversation featuring representatives from the International Justice Mission on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center, room 2222. Residence hall-specific activities also will be held throughout the month, and students will install storm drain markers on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 3:30-5 p.m.


Over the last five years, students have saved nearly $46,000 through energy and water reductions during Sustain-A-Bowl.

"Sustain-A-Bowl is a dramatic example of how individuals, when joining together in community with other individuals, can make a significant positive difference for the common good," Kensler said. "In this case, conserving natural resources and saving money, and reducing waste and pollution."

In October, results will be tallied and the winning residence halls will be recognized.

Sustain-A-Bowl is hosted annually by Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability, with the support of Facilities Management and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department.

By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications & Marketing


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