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Good Sports Always Recycle competition returns to Volunteer State

Staff Reports • Sep 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM

KNOXVILLE – As teachers and students across the state go back to school, Eastman and its partners, Waste Connections, Food City and the University of Tennessee, will kick off another Good Sports Always Recycle school challenge that will recognize 10 Tennessee schools for their environmental programs.

Through the statewide competition, eight schools will be awarded $1,000 for the GSAR school challenge; one exemplary school will be awarded $1,500 for the GSAR sustainability steward sward; and one school will be awarded $1,500 for the best new program.

Schools that are actively reducing waste, providing environmental education in their school and/or who have a program in place to reduce their overall impact through energy and water conservation, recycling programs, the use of green space or other environmental programs, should visit www.Eastman.com/GSAR by Oct. 3 to enter for a chance to win.

The GSAR program is celebrating its 23rd year, and more than 230 schools have been awarded more than $140,000 for their environmental programs.

Along with the financial award, the 10 winning schools will be recognized at the University of Tennessee versus Tennessee Tech football game Nov. 5. The winners will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Vol Network studios, participate in a tailgate celebration and be recognized in an on-field presentation during the game.

In addition to the school challenge, Good Sports Always Recycle is the University of Tennessee’s year-round recycling program, which is working toward zero waste at the athletic venues across campus. During the 2015 football season alone, GSAR averaged 23.4 tons recycled, composted or donated per game.

The GSAR program includes recycling and compost facilities throughout the university’s athletic facilities, and during the 2015 football season, the program recycled 143.5 tons, composted 17.3 tons and donated 2.9 tons food.

Additionally, the GSAR program provides teachers with educational resources, including grade specific lesson plans and program ideas, to teach students the importance of sustainability. These resources are available for download at eastman.com/GSAR.

For more information about the Good Sports Always Recycle program, visit eastman.com/GSAR or contact Jennifer Wiggins at jwiggins@akinsps.com. The nomination deadline for the Good Sports Always Recycle school challenge is Oct. 3.

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