VILLANOVA, Pa. – When Villanova University plays host to Providence College in Men’s Basketball on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at The Pavilion, it will be doing so with multiple goals in mind. While the Wildcats try to outscore the Friars on the court and claim another important BIG EAST Conference victory, Villanova will seek to put a zero up in another key statistical category – waste. Villanova Sustainability and Recycling, in partnership with the University’s Athletics department, will aim to divert 90% or more of game day waste from the trash, via recycling or composting.
“Recycling is already a part of Villanova basketball games, but our goal on February 24 will be to highlight the University’s commitment to sustainability and recycling by aiming to divert as close to all of the game day waste from the trash, via recycling or composting, as possible,” said Liesel Schwarz, Villanova University Sustainability Manager. “We hope zero waste events become a common practice on campus, not just for basketball games.”
To accomplish this task, compost bins will be added to The Pavilion for the game. In addition, food vendors have committed to changing their disposables to compostable and/or recyclable options. Volunteers on site will help attendees separate their waste appropriately. Results from the Zero Waste Game will be reported to Recyclemania, as part of the national competition.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to educate our passionate fans about the University’s strong commitment to recycling and sustainability at one of our men’s basketball games,” said Vince Nicastro, Director of Athletics. “We are hopeful that Tuesday night’s event will lead to greater awareness of, and participation in, these important initiatives – both on campus and in our communities.”
Villanova’s commitment to recycling spans well over two decades. The University, which recycles upwards of 20 different materials (List), handles all of its recycling collection, separation and delivery in house. In addition, Villanova Dining Services composts food scraps from their kitchens in Dougherty, Donahue, St. Mary's, and the Law School and sends it to a Waste Management compost facility.
Recognized as one of the nation’s greenest colleges by the Princeton Review and other publications, Villanova continues to achieve excellence in sustainability initiatives on campus. The University recently earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which bases its rating on four areas including operations, academics, engagement and planning/administration.
Villanova is committed to integrating sustainability programs into its institutional policy and practice. In 2007, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), with the goal of making the University a net climate-neutral campus by the year 2050. In response to the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment, Father Donohue established the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee (PESC), charged with responding to all aspects of campus sustainability. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across campus, PESC exists to help coordinate, support, advance, and track sustainable practices and policies on campus and to implement the President’s Climate Commitment on behalf of the University.
In addition to the efforts aimed at making Villanova’s physical campus more sustainable, the University has numerous academic programs that provide an emphasis on sustainability, as well as five research centers and institutes that explore areas of sustainability. Students at Villanova are also very active in campus and have chosen to look at campus sustainability issues as part of class projects.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.