Ohio State's "green" efforts for game day at Ohio Stadium are concerted efforts. PSAs remind those who attend Ohio Stadium for game day that scarlet bins are for recycling while gray bins are for compost. The efforts seem to have paid dividends. Ohio State athletics is getting increasing praise for its game day recycling campaign.
"Ohio State has the most successful zero waste program at any college sports venue in the United States," says Alice Henly, author of a report on greening efforts in college sports issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental group.
The report, "Collegiate Game Changers," highlights multiple efforts around the country. Ohio State is one of ten case studies.
For its 98.2% effort in that Illinois game, Ohio State won a national "Game Day Recycling Challenge" title (FBS division) for top single-game diversion rate during the 2012 season. Seventy-nine schools took part in the challenge promoted by the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups.
It's certainly not the only mythical national championship that Ohio State football fans want this year, but it's nice to have to start the season.