Zero Waste Stadium

The inaugural zero waste stadium initiative, launched during the 2014 football season at Appalachian State University, netted a 74 percent waste diversion. According to University Sustainability Program Specialist Jen Maxwell, the project, an expansion of the tailgate recycle program initiated in 2008, was successful due in large part to across-the-board cooperation and collaboration.

Word is the Appalachian State University's Mountaineer football team is headed for a super-strong second season in the Sun Belt Conference. 2015 marks the university's Zero Waste Stadium's second season, too.

A team of staff from the Physical Plant, Athletics, Food Services and Office of Sustainability plus 10 specially trained interns will be suited up and ready to rock this season's zero-waste game – from the Chancellor's Suite to a new Thursday-night student Green Zone.  

New Initiatives for 2015 include:
  • better outfitted zero waste zones with recycle and compost bins
  • Student Green Zone during Thursday night home games highlighting campus sustainability
  • zero waste Chancellor's Suite and other stadium suites 
  • quantitative measuring of recycling, compost and landfill items 
For more info on this season's sustainability efforts visit The Appalachian. For more information on sustainability in Athletics, please contact Jennifer Maxwell,, or visit our Athletics & Sustainability page.