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Be Orange, Go Green - ACES Recycling Program (Ongoing)

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In an effort to increase visibility around recycling and sustainable living, the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) has partnered with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to promote recycling of all cans and bottles at Memorial Stadium this season through the Be Orange, Go Green campaign.

The awareness campaign includes student ambassadors and Fighting Illini gameday staff encouraging fans to recycle in tailgating lots and inside the stadium. As fans enter tailgating lots, parking personnel distribute recycling bags to fans and free t-shirts are distributed to tailgaters who participate.

Student ambassadors meet fans at entry portals to gather any recyclables they may discard as they enter the stadium. Also, during timeouts, student ambassadors walk through the stands to collect any recyclable items from fans.

The College of ACES is sponsoring the program as proud supporters of Illinois Athletics and the college's integral mission to promote a sustainable Earth. 

"ACES is thrilled about the new opportunity to support the Illini and its many, many fans," the college's Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Mabry said. "Helping to ensure recycling inside and outside of Memorial Stadium fits the ACES mission of finding large and small ways for us all to keep sustainability top of mind for a healthier Earth and a healthier future for us all." 

The College of ACES' support ensures that the program is able to continue to operate, gain more exposure, and further illustrate the university's commitment to sustainability.  

College of Applied Health Sciences professor Dr. Michael Raycraft coordinates this program, which is incorporated into the curriculum for Sustainability in Sports courses.

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