At its spring football scrimmage on April 19, the University of Texas will reveal the winners of its $25,000 Chemistry Challenge. The challenge, coordinated in participation with BASF, is a call for Longhorns students to submit ideas on reducing the environmental impact of hosting football games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.
Challenge submissions will include outlines of the issue being addressed; solutions for reducing the impact on fans; and a detailed blueprint that addresses the problem and executes a solution. Students submitting an entry are also encouraged to produce a three-minute video highlighting the solutions offered within the submission.
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In partnership with the Nashville Clean Water Project, the Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators, has signed on as partners of TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade®, and will become one of the first venues in North America to collect and recycle used cigarette butts. TerraCycle currently works with large casinos, cities, festivals, environmental groups – and now major league sports teams and venues – to transform the cigarette waste they are already collecting into shipping pallets.
Cigarettes are one of the most littered item across the globe, with millions of butts ending up on sidewalks and in parking lots alone. Even when disposed of “properly,” they continue to contaminate the water and air. The waste collected through the Cigarette Waste Brigade is recycled into a variety of industrial products, and any remaining tobacco is composted. Across industries, staff have found little to no difference in their duties when switching from throwing butts into the trash to collecting them for recycling.
“We’re proud of our building and our community, and we are taking this opportunity to set an example in Music City and show how simple it can be to help reduce litter and maintain clean water,” Chris Parker, Nashville Predators Executive Vice President, said. “Bridgestone Arena’s participation in this project continues to support our mission to be at the forefront of the industry and be the ‘No. 1 sports and entertainment venue in the United States.’”
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The University of Colorado partnered with BASF this season to host eight Sustainable Gamedays during basketball games at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. The Sustainable Gamedays provided an opportunity for the school and corporation to work together to teach fans about issues regarding sustainability, recycling and organics during four men’s games and four women’s contests.
The Buffaloes, already one of the collegiate leaders in athletic-department sustainability, are using the opportunity to extend their platform to the wider community. “With innovative programs like Sustainable Gamedays, together, BASF and CU are transforming zero waste at college campuses,” said CU Environmental Center director David Newport about the partnership.
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