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Friday, September 17, 2010

Expanded green tailgating starts SaturdayGreen Tailgating
Students collect the results of "green" tailgating.

Falcon fans enjoying a little tailgating before tomorrow’s (Sept. 18) first home football game will have more ways to help keep the campus “green.”

For the last couple of years, BGSU students and staff have been encouraging recycling at football games and other events. A new grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is helping them expand their efforts this season at both Doyt Perry Stadium and the Perry Field House.

The $9,000, 50-percent matching grant from the ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention will enable a team of student volunteers to hand out and collect both trash and recycling bags from the tailgating area, the stadium’s skyboxes, Tent City and throughout the stadium.

This year, fans will encounter 9-foot plywood frames dispensing trash bags and green recycling bags at the two main entrances to the tailgating area. Dozens of specially designed recycling containers, on loan for the football season, will be available as well. If they’re a success, the containers could be used inside the new Stroh Center. Fans will also find single-stream recycle bins scattered around the tailgating area.

For the first time, recycling stations, shaped like giant bottles, will be available inside the stadium for people to recycle their plastic. Up to two dozen of these stations will eventually be in place.

A mobile force of golf carts from Forrest Creason will deliver what is collected to the recycling truck.

“We would love to get more people involved this year both in and out of the stadium,” said Nick Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator. “The more recycling, the less clean-up is necessary the next day, which saves the University money. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Anyone interesting in helping this football season can contact Hennessy at


BGSU and Arbor Day Foundation team up for event

It’s hard to miss as you drive south on I-75 – the parking lots near Doyt Perry Stadium have been reduced to dirt. As part of the University’s ongoing campus beautification efforts, all gravel parking lots east of the stadium will become grass parking by spring of 2011. Volunteers are needed to help with the next phase.

On Oct. 9, BGSU and the Arbor Day Foundation are hosting a joint event to plant 48 trees on the site. The University applied for and won a grant from the Foundation to help finance the purchase of the trees.

Planting is expected to start at 10 a.m. after a brief welcome ceremony. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for check-in. The Arbor Day Foundation will provide a T-shirt, work gloves and lunch. BGSU will provide shovels. Landscaping staff will be on hand to supervise all planting.

Thousands of people travel past this part of campus every day – help BGSU make a great first impression! Volunteers are asked to e-mail to register.

Graduate College Fair scheduled for Sept. 21

Students thinking about taking their education past the undergraduate level have a chance to learn more during the Graduate College Fair. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom.

Information will be available on graduate and research opportunities, BGSU’s nationally ranked programs, graduate faculty and resources, and scholarships. Breakout sessions will include panel discussions with current BGSU graduate students and a presentation about scholarships and assistantships.

For more information, contact Sara Smith, at
2-7870, or

The fair is hosted by the Graduate College and Continuing and Extended Education

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September 17, 2010