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Wildcats to Go Green at Football Season Opener Sept. 5

By Amber Radzevich, UNH Athletics
August 19, 2009

Recognizing the rising interest among students to support environmentally responsible choices and the university’s commitment to sustainability, UNH Athletics is partnering with UNH’s sustainability office to focus on eco-friendly products and choices at the first football game of the season Saturday, September 5.

Staff, volunteers and new signs will direct fans to recycle, and announcements during the game will highlight some of UNH’s sustainability achievements. Wildcat corporate partners will have tables around the stadium displaying their “green” products and services. Featured vendors will include the Green Alliance, Ultra Geothermal, SEA Solar Store, the Jenaly Technology Group, ReVision Energy, The Fiddlehead Loop, Simply Green, The Green Tee, UNH Energy Club, and the Southeast Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

“The 'GO GREEN with the Wildcats' event will set recycling and sustainability more broadly as the standards that will carry on throughout the year at all athletic events,” says Marty Scarano, director of athletics. “We are excited to give UNH fans ways to lessen their environmental footprints.” UNH Athletics already uses organic treatments for its playing fields and is undertaking ongoing sustainability efforts in its facilitities.

“We commend UNH Athletics for making its program more sustainable and for partnering with us to educate the university community to do the same” says Sara Cleaves, associate director of UNH’s sustainability office. “Athletic departments have a unique role to play in not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, but also in educating players and fans about sustainability through the community-building nature of sports.”

The UNH Wildcats football team opens its season Saturday, Sept. 5, at noon against St. Francis (Pennsylvania). For more information about GO GREEN with the Wildcats, go to

UNH is a leader in integrating sustainability throughout its curricula, operations, research, and engagement efforts. Committed to being a model sustainable learning community, UNH has earned several awards for its sustainability initiatives, which range from having the largest transit system in the state and being the first in the nation to receive an EPA Energy Star building rating for residence halls to innovative research and engagement through efforts like Carbon Solutions New England and the NH Farm to School program. Discover the sustainable learning community at UNH at sustainablelunh.unh.edu and discoversustainability.org.


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