Every home football game brings an electric vibe to the University of Georgia's campus — alumni return to cheer on their team, kids sit atop their parents' shoulders to watch the Dawg Walk, and tailgaters share food and laughter while preparing to watch the game. However, football games also bring loads of trash onto campus, and trashcans and recycling bins often overflow with garbage. But Miranda Moore, the Game Day Zero Waste intern, wants to change that.

Moore is coordinating Sustainable Game Day Ambassadors as well as volunteers to mingle with tailgaters, pass out trash bags, and spread information about recycling and game day waste.

Sustainable game day ambassadors pose for a picture before the Georgia game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Jordan Meaker.

"That’s the big difference between this program and things we’ve done in the past is a personal connection," Moore said. "These people are going to talk to fans, alumni, and tailgaters and be like 'Hey, we know you love this school because you’re here. If you really love this school would you consider being more sustainable with your tailgating.'" 

Moore said she wants everyone coming to campus on game days to remember why they're here.

"It’s a lot more than the football. That’s why UGA is special," Moore said. "We like football, but we like our school and our community a lot more. So take care of it." 

Game day trash fast facts

In 2017, UGA home football games contributed 217.5 tons of waste to the ACC landfill; 59.5 tons of materials were recycled (23% recycling rate).

Read more about the sustainable game day program in this Red & Black article.

Written by Jordan Meaker