CU’s Folsom Field goes Zero Waste! You can help keep it that way!

Via Caroline Clark
on Jan 11, 2009
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Folsom Field no longer has trash cans! The stadium of a huge football school going zero-waste is no small victory. But thanks to the innovative, forward thinking of the Athletic program, CU can boast it is the first school to take this on of the NCAA Bowl Championship Series Stadiums. Other big schools to have begun the program include UC Davis and Penn State. The change was welcomed hugely this season, but it was difficult to get all the compost/recycle bins staffed. Because Zero-Waste programs are still being initiated, many people don’t realized what materials can be composted and recycled. So, it’s important to have volunteers who can point out the right bin. Unfortunately, it was difficult getting enough people to blow off the football game and man the recycle bins instead. But it’s critical!! For any students OR community members looking to get more involved with CU’s recycling initiatives, click here

We’ll follow up after next season to see how the program is developing…

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Midseason report on the progress!

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11 Responses to “CU’s Folsom Field goes Zero Waste! You can help keep it that way!”

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve been noticing a real trend in green events – most of the conferences I’ve been going to lately offer recycling and give away re-fillable water bottles (appropriately logo’d of course), instead of plastic.

  2. Mohammed says:

    I Think it’s great that our university has been spearheading the green, environmentally friendly movement. With more programs such as this, maybe CU can become a beacon for Universities looking to Function using eco-friendly initiatives. Being innovative will also bring us National attention and hopefully more funding for more programs and improvements on our campus.

  3. Shelly Bruno says:

    Kudos to CU for instituting this program. I think with a little time and consumer learning it will be a success. Since Western Disposal has recently changed their collections to include compostables it required a little learning on my part. I hope more organizations adopt these policies.

  4. Linda says:

    Boulder County has a waste diversion program at its county facilities, including the building where I work. Governmental entities, like CU and local government, will continue to lead the way when it comes to the "greening" of our society. They are especially well-positioned to do this, given the amount of contact they have with the public at large.

  5. diana says:

    as a product designer at a consultancy, we’ve seen just in the last year or so a change in our clients, who are pretty suddenly willing to go greener in their products and packaging (which can be costlier for them and poses bigger challenges during design). there’s a lot of pressure from consumers now to be green, and manufacturers are having to respond to it, which is great! a large institution like CU taking this step spurs more change for the better throughout industry.

  6. jordan says:

    It seems like, statewide, Colorado is way ahead of the country’s curve on this issue, especially regarding composting. E.g., Planet Bluegrass and their CO festivals (Telluride, Rockygrass) have been composting for years, but none of the festivals out here in California do it (to my knowledge).

  7. tera says:

    Way to go CU! Working for one of the best caterer’s in Boulder, A Spice of Life, who also a few years ago went green with compostable and recyclable products at their events of up to 3,000, I hope this will spill over to other areas on campus, not just with the Athletic Programs. As students become graduates and enter the work force, I’m excited to think of the trickle down of effects of educating others in keeping our Earth healthy and whole.

  8. Jessa says:

    Living in Memphis, where recycling seems to be frowned upon, if not downright distrusted, I really applaud what CU has done with the stadium! That is a big statement – I hope they can stay committed to carrying it out. And let’s hope visiting fans see what a neat thing zero-waste is and take the idea back to their home stadiums.

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