While the AU men’s basketball team hopes to fill baskets at both ends of Bender Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8, fans will learn that hitting recycling and trash buckets is also important when they attend the Green Eagles Recyclemania and Sustainability Awareness game.
When the Patriot League-leading Eagles host Colgate at 2 p.m. that day, fans will learn about sustainable lifestyles and American University’s commitment to become a zero-waste and carbon-neutral campus by 2020.
"We are excited to partner with the Department of Athletics to promote sustainable behavior change on campus," says Chris O'Brien, Director of the university's Office of Sustainability, "We're excited about the continued success of Eagles basketball and AU's participation in the national RecycleMania competition.
“There is so much we can do on campus on a daily basis to live and work sustainably, and our hope is that the students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans in attendance will learn from the Green Eagles about how to make our ambitious campus sustainability goals their own."
Volunteers from the Green Eagles student group will be on hand at new recycling stations around Bender to help fans deposit their trash in proper vessels - recycling, compost, and trash bins, putting AU back on its way to reclaiming the national championship in this year’s Recylcemania competition. The university last won the title in 2012.
“This Saturday’s game will be both a fun and educational day in Bender Arena for the entire AU community, as our in-game promotions, and even the music selections from the AU Pep Band, will be geared to have a ‘green’ angle,” said Robert Sherman, Assistant A.D. for Marketing.
The first 1,000 students to bring an empty can or bottle with them to the game will receive a new Coca-Cola product, as well as be entered into a raffle to win a Coca-Cola mini-dorm fridge.
The event is a partnership between the Department of Athletics and Recreation, the Office of Sustainability and the Facilities Management Division.
Learn more about AU’s sustainability efforts at American.edu/sustainability.