Recycling at Tailgating Supported by PanHelennic and Interfraternity Councils

Monday, October 26 2009

Written by Melissa Shumake

MOSCOW, Idaho – Vandal fans may have noticed something new at pre-game tailgating events this season: student volunteers collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other recyclable materials.

The Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council, the governing bodies of the university’s sororities and fraternities, have both agreed to make recycling at tailgating events an approved philanthropy. Fraternity and sorority members are making tailgating a better experience for everyone by collecting recyclable materials and keeping the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center parking lot clean.

As part of a spring 2009 project management class, a student group called Eco-Innovators collaborated with instructor Tracie Lee and the university’s Sustainability Center to develop a plan for collecting recyclables at tailgating events. The students established the ground work for the project and facilitated collaboration between university entities – Facilities, Athletics, Parking and Transportation Services – and community organizations such as the Moscow Recycling Center. UISC student staff used the Eco-Innovators’ framework to coordinate collection activities with the PanHellenic and Interfraternity Councils for fall.

The Sustainability Center noted appreciation to all its volunteers for their hard work and commitment to making the University of Idaho a more sustainable place to learn, live, work and play.

As increasing environmental awareness drives interest in sustainable practices, the University of Idaho continues to seek carbon reduction initiatives to meet the current and future needs of society and to contribute to the quality of life and the natural resources in Idaho, the nation and the world. The University of Idaho emitted some 38,981 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2007, which is equal to 3.59 tons per student. The university has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has begun the work to reduce carbon emissions across operations. For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at or visit
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit