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Dec 172009
 

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

The University of Kansas, the city of Lawrence, and ESPN are teaming up to showcase the school’s sustainability efforts. On December 19, 2009, the Kansas men’s basketball team will host Michigan at Allen Fieldhouse for a “Green Game”, which will showcase the crimson & blue’s environmental efforts not only within athletics, but the campus as a whole.

Along with a student produced recycling video, ESPN has produced two videos that will highlight two key sustainability initiatives taking place at the University of Kansas. The first will showKU the school’s recreation and fitness center, which uses the kinetic energy from 15 exercise machines and then feeds it pack into the building’s electrical grid.

The second video will feature the biodiesel initiative, which takes the used cooking oil from each dining hall and converts it into biodiesel fuel. In just this past year, the fuel was used to power campus lawn mowers and generators.

Coca-Cola has provided 30 additional recycling bins around the Fieldhouse, along with green footprints that will be placed on the floor to guide fans to the bins. Team mascots also will be collecting plastic bottles during each timeout.

Centerplate, Kansas Athletics’ concessionaire, is also greening up the concession stands inside of Allen Fieldhouse. They are now using biodegradable popcorn bags and recycling all used popcorn oil. The used cooking oil will be collected and recycled by Darling Industries, which recycles 100 percent of all the oil they collect.

The city of Lawrence has pitched in, purchasing 8,000 kilowatt-hours of The Bowersock Mills and Power Company’s certified renewable energy certificates.  This is enough energy to cover the estimated total electricity in Allen Fieldhouse during the game.

Many other sustainability efforts will be showcased at the game Saturday. Both basketball teams and the Kansas Spirit Squad will warm up in shirts made from 100 percent recycled material. ESPN will highlight the energy-efficient lighting used throughout Kansas Athletics’ renovated facilities and air sports-related eco-friendly tips throughout the game. There will also be educational tables inside of Allen Fieldhouse that will provide fans with information on university sustainability.

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