Touchdown for sustainability
Fans can score big at UC's Nippert Stadium with game day recycling efforts
In a triumphant move toward a greener gridiron, the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium is leading the charge in sustainable game day operations.
UC Sustainability is spearheading an ongoing pursuit to maintain an eco-friendlier campus and stadium — rallying as much fan support as possible — to properly dispose of the mass of bottle and can recyclables too often left behind inside and around Nippert Stadium.
Laying the groundwork for game day participation, UC’s Grounds and Moving Transportation has stepped up their efforts by providing new recycle bins along with landfill trash cans. But they can’t do it with new bins alone.
"We need Bearcat fan support," says Alexandra Román González, UC sustainability coordinator.
Their mission? To have no can or bottle left behind, encouraging patrons to be on the prowl for the recycle bins peppered throughout the stadium and across the campus.
"We're not just talking the talk, we're walking the walk," says Warren Keith, UC's assistant director of Grounds and Moving Transportation. "We're strategically placing more trash and recycle containers inside Nippert Stadium, turning every level into a field of green glory."
The east concourse now boasts receptacles at every other pillar, while the west concourse sees green cans every 20-30 feet. This strategic placement is poised to intercept the waste blitz, leaving no room for trash to sideline the sustainability play.
Nippert Stadium: A beacon of eco-responsibility
Recycling efforts were a stadium goal even before the pandemic, but the post-game piles still loomed large. It took UC's Office of Sustainability, spearheaded by Román González and her assistant Zoe Goldenberg, to quarterback a new task force.
With the precision of a well-executed play, teams of student volunteers now sweep through the stadium after every game — under seats, in aisles and along walkways. But only a quarter of the plastic and aluminum tumbleweeds are retrieved before the cleanup crews hit the field, costing the university valuable time and money, says Román González.
“You won’t miss these recycling bins, either,” she adds. “They’re solid green, a beacon of hope in a sea of black landfill waste cans. And, if that’s not enough, new signs and universal symbols will grace the lids before the month is out, serving as a gentle reminder for fans to play their part in keeping UC’s stadium and campus beautiful.”
If you see a can, toss a can!
As part of the game-changing strategy to tackle waste head-on, fans can now help ensure that Nippert Stadium becomes synonymous with eco-consciousness. With UC's Nippert Stadium leading the charge, it's not just about touchdowns — it's about touchstones of transformation toward a greener future.
So, as the crowds cheer for the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium this fall, Román González hopes fans will remember to be a "green" Bearcat warrior before leaving campus.
“It’s a new era for sustainability, and at UC we hope to score big, one recyclable at a time.”
Featured image at top: UC student volunteers gathered in Sigma Sigma commons while collecting recyclable cans and bottles before a Bearcat football game. photo/Melanie Schefft
The University of Cincinnati recognizes its role as a leader in sustainable practice, research and education. As part of UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction, the university seeks to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of its decisions and commits to incorporating the concept of sustainability into its academic and research programs; the design, operation and maintenance of its buildings and landscapes; and its organizational structure and management.
- Learn more about volunteering to help keep Nippert clean and eco-friendly.