‘Green Game 2020’ was a success!
On March 4, 2020, with the help of over 50 volunteers and the dedication of EagleBank Arena, Mason Athletics, Mason Recycling & Waste Management, and Mason Dining (Sodexo), we diverted 88.1% of the total waste to recycling and composting! We are awaiting our national RecycleMania rankings for their Game Day Basketball competition and will post them as soon as they come in.
Special note: This year, Mason Athletics and the Office of Sustainability partnered to purchase ChicoBags as our Climate Neutral certified giveaways! Made of a “rePETE” fabric, the REUSABLE ChicoBags are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and have recycled aluminum carabiners and cording. As we continue to push Mason toward carbon neutral purchasing, we want to make sure to lead by example and highlight the changes that can easily be made: we purchased less and/or gave purchases away as prizes; we purchased higher quality goods that are more durable; we purchased with the reduction of single-use plastics in mind (ChicoBags replace over 1,500 plastic bags each); and we bought from an accredited vendor who earned high marks for climate neutrality in their supply, manufacture, and shipping.
To learn more and find a climate neutral vendor, go to: https://www.climateneutral.org
The History of the ‘Green Game’
Since 2014, when George Mason University joined the Atlantic 10 Conference, Mason has held an annual ‘Green Game.’ This game serves as our entry into RecycleMania’s national GameDay Basketball competition and is an exciting collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Mason Athletics, Mason Dining (Sodexo), Mason Recycling and Waste Management, and EagleBank Arena. Our goal every year is to hit the ‘zero-waste’ mark, which means that 90+ percent of waste is diverted from trash to composting and recycling.
We would not be able to achieve our zero-waste goal without collaboration (which includes the purchasing of compostable food containers, cups, and utensils for arena concessions), the support of dedicated staff, and the tremendous work of 50+ student and community volunteers who help us each year. Volunteers are stationed at waste stations throughout the stadium and teach fans how to appropriately recycle, compost, and throw away only what cannot be diverted. In addition, volunteers remain after the game to sort and weigh the waste; this helps us divert the maximum amount of waste to recycling and composting while gathering accurate data for reporting.
Our hope is that the ‘Green Game’ builds on Mason’s sustainability culture, enhances environmental awareness around campus, demonstrates the hard work that Mason Recycling and Waste Management staff do on campus every day, and shows that composting is a viable and essential part of our waste strategy. Keep a lookout for volunteer opportunities and join us at the next Green Game!