Blue Goes Green:
Can the largest stadium in the United States implement a successful Zero Waste Program?
The University of Michigan is dedicated to reducing carbon emissions and wants to create a Zero Waste program in their Football Stadium, but critics question whether it's worth it.
Bridget Lockman, Alexandria Shand, and Adam Simon
Travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan on most Saturday mornings in autumn and you’ll be joined by more than 100,000 football fans. The University has the largest stadium in the country, nicknamed “The Big House,” with numerous stadium attendance records and an official capacity of 107,601 occupants. Unfortunately, with great attendance, comes great waste—an average of 6 tons per home game, throughout the 3-month-long season. The university has a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25% by 2025. One way to accomplish this is through a zero waste program at the Big House, but will the fans be able to take their attention away from the game in order to do their part? Paul Dunlop, Senior Facilities Manager for Michigan Stadium, is responsible for making sure the program can be implemented and that the program doesn't hinder the fan experience.