Ralphie's Green Stampede Initiative is a zero-waste program implemented at Colorado that's admirable in scope -- and leads to some messy stadium encounters for volunteers:
But what happens when football fans throw away their half-eaten nachos and candy wrappers after the game? Last season, Elizabeth Rohr, a sophomore psychology student, volunteered along with her sorority to sort through what fans were disposing. She said there were separate receptacles -- one for food and another for recycled items.
"It was so gross," Rohr said. "If someone threw away part of a hot dog, we had to peel open the foil, take the hot dog out to throw it away, then save the foil."
Man, somebody's sorority sisters HATE her right now.Even the football team has gotten in on the act, which would be possible at no other major program in the country:
Senior cornerback Jalil Brown said environmental issues are a priority in his life. He looks for chips packaged in compostable bags when he is at the store.
"I'll always go the extra step," Brown said. Playing for one of the most sustainable college athletic programs in the country is "awesome," Brown said.
Please note: that's environmentally sustainable, not athletically.