February 14, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes fans battle for a t-shirt thrown by Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) (not shown) in the intermission of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won the game 69-59. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

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Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Every sports fan knows that word is vital to any team’s plan for success. This past weekend, Ohio State took that to the next step. The Buckeye’s joined over 200 other schools this weekend in the effort to make their sports venues and events more environmentally friendly. For weekly attendees to the horseshoe, some of these changes may have been noticeable;

  • Zero Waste stations: Operated by high school students, fans were directed as to where to put trash, composite/recyclables, and other garbage
  • Fiber nacho trays: The vendors switched from plastic to fiber because once cheese got stuck to the plastic, it couldn’t be recycled
  • Hot dogs are now wrapped in wax paper rather than tinfoil
  • Plastic cups are replaced with souvenir take home cups

At the Green Sports Alliance meeting last weekend, more than six hundred representatives showed to discuss more efficient ways to maintain their fields with efficient equipment, install water efficient toilets, and diminish power bills via alternative means of energy. Last season, the University of North Texas was able to utilize wind power to completely power Apogee Stadium.

The Horseshoe sees nearly a million fans per season, so any efforts – no matter how large or small – will go a long way to cleaning up the environment. Since OSU began addressing efforts last season, there have been many big victories. These victories are much simpler than the ones fought for on Saturday’s, Braxton Miller doesn’t need to rush for 200 yards to help the environment; all you need to do is walk the extra ten steps to the recycling bin. After last year’s game against Illinois, the stadium was able to save 98% of the trash from being sent to landfills. If the Buckeyes and their fans can keep up that effort every game, there will be much to rejoice about in Columbus. If this green mission is accomplished, Buckeye fans will have a crystal clean campus and a crystal championship ball to cheer about at the end of the season.

Information used from washingtonpost.com 

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