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A New Volunteer Opportunity – Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating

Get excited Rockets; next Saturday is the first home football game! To kickoff this new football season, Rocket Recycling is launching a new volunteer program called Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating. Tailgating creates a huge amount of recyclables and we wanted to make sure we provide visitors a good outlet for them. Other schools have had great success with similar programs and it is time UT launches a similar campaign!

Here’s how it works: students will pass out trash and recycling bags to tailgaters to encourage them to recycle. Then we will pick up the bags when they are finished, sort the recyclables, and recycle them! We will also have a few golf carts to drive around to aid us in passing out bags and picking up bags in the further lots! We will be servicing in lots: 10, 9, 25, 5, 6, and 28. We have three volunteer shifts per game that students can volunteer for:
1) Pre-Game Shift: 2 hr. before kickoff (2 hr. shift)
• Set up containers in the lots and in the tents
• Hand out trash and recycling bags to tailgaters
2) Game Time Shift: kick off to 3rd quarter (2 hr. shift)
• Hand out trash and recycling bags to tailgaters
• Pick up full bags and sort bags
3) Clean up (CU) Shift: 3rd quarter to clean up (1.5 hr. shift)
• Pick up full bags from tailgate area and stadium and sort bags
• Put full bags of commodities on recycling truck

This year, Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future and the Society for Environmental Education, two student organizations, have agreed to help with the program. But we will still need more volunteers! We can track your services hours if you are a part of an organization that does so. If you are interested in volunteering Saturday, September 14th please contact SEED at! Thanks for all your help and support in advance!

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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