Design and construction of new athletic facilities prioritizes resource conservation, including a 200,000 gallon cistern (the largest on campus) which collects rain and condensate water from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to irrigate the adjacent football practice fields.
In the fall of 2010, the UGA Athletic Association began an innovative recycling program to reduce waste inside Sanford Stadium. Volunteer organizations are paid to scour the stadium after home games, collecting all recyclables before cleaning crews remove the remaining trash. The program significantly reduces the amount of materials sent to the local landfill.
The 2015 Sanford Stadium Composting pilot program diverted over 2800 pounds of food scraps from a portion of the stadium during three home football games.
Not only does the UGA Athletic Association’s recycling program reduce waste inside Sanford Stadium, but it also is a way to give back to the community. While local volunteer organizations participate in collecting recyclables, they’re provided funds to continue the work they are doing in the Athens community.