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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tailgating, athletics go greener with state grant

Student recycling volunteers
Student recycling volunteers welcome ‘green' tailgaters

Athletics events are filled with spirit, camaraderie and - trash. "They bring large crowds of people who generate a lot of waste," observed Dr. Nick Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator.

For the last couple of years, BGSU students and staff have been pitching in to encourage and enable "green" tailgating at football games and other events. They have provided special recycling bags and additional containers and collected and sorted recyclable materials. With a new grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the University should be able to expand its efforts next year, not only at Doyt Perry Stadium but also at the Perry Field House.

The $9,000, 50-percent matching grant from the ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention "will help expand the arsenal we already have," Hennessy said. The team of student volunteers will now be able to hand out and collect both trash and recycling bags from the tailgating area, the stadium's skyboxes, Tent City and throughout the stadium.

Some creative new containers, in the form of giant plastic bottles, will also be placed about at athletic events. Additional grant funds will go toward constructing these self-service kiosks where fans can pick up trash bags and green recycling bags, plus read instructions on how to use and dispose of them.

In applying for the grant, "it was very helpful that we had a track record of success with green tailgating on our own," Hennessy said. "It's been a real collaboration between the operations and athletics areas. We could not pull this off without the much-appreciated help of Jim Elsasser (associate athletics director for internal affairs) and his staff.

"We have the constant support and expertise of the BGSU Recycling Program. We have a mobile force of golf carts from Forrest Creason to deliver what we collect to the recycling truck. But most of all we have a core of enthusiastic and hard-working student volunteers."

The green athletic events are very cost-effective, Hennessy said. "The more recycling, the less trash there is to be picked up and the less we have to pay to the landfill, in addition to the labor cost-savings."

Anyone interesting in helping with a "green tailgate" this football season can contact Hennessy at

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Sue Houston
Sue Houston

Dr. Sue Houston will serve as acting dean of the College of Education and Human Development between the retirement of Interim Dean Rosalind Hammond tomorrow (June 30) and the arrival of new Dean Brad Colwell on July 19, the provost's office has announced.

Houston has been associate dean of the college for the past three years. She is a faculty member in nutrition sciences in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and has been with BGSU since 1991.

Hit the links with employee discount

Every Thursday through July 22, employees and their friends can enjoy open tee times at BGSU's Forrest Creason Golf Course at a discounted WellAware rate of $13 for nine holes or $19 per person with a cart. The earliest tee time is 5:30 p.m.  

Prizes will be awarded each week for the longest putt, longest drive, and ball closest to the pin. Play with friends or family or come and meet someone new. Call the Forrest Creason Golf Course to schedule your tee time at 2-2674.

WellAware programs are supported by a generous donation from Medical Mutual of Ohio, with support from the Office of Human Resources, Department of Recreation and Wellness, WellAware, and the Division of Student Affairs.

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June 29, 2010