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AU prepares for homecoming and Green Game this weekend

Published: Sep. 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2016 at 12:52 AM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn will celebrate homecoming Saturday, and this year's festivities fall on the same weekend as the university's big push to promote recycling.

On Thursday, tailgating tents went up, people started claiming their RV spots and candidates for homecoming queen continued to pick up votes in preparation for the big weekend.

"Auburn's homecoming is really special to us because it is all about family. It is all about bringing everyone together at this place we call home," said 
Jessie Floyd, SGA assistant director of homecoming.

On Friday at 6 p.m. a parade will begin in downtown Auburn. A pep rally and free concert will then be held at the Gay Street Parking Lot.

"Auburn University is so blessed to be placed in a community that is so welcoming. We really do love tradition and we will work to continue that,"
Brooke Taylor, SGA director of homecoming.

Saturday will also serve as the Green Game. The initiative encourages every fan to do their part to keep campus clean, reduce waste and recycle. It's in its fourth year.

"Our recycling rates are put up against other SEC schools. The better job we do at recycling, the higher our score and the better our performance. We always want to be number one," said Mike Kensler, the director of the Office of Sustainability.

Last season, Auburn tailgates generated more than 330 tons of waste and recycled almost 30 tons of cardboard, aluminum and plastic. The goal is to decrease the waste and increase the recycling.

"When you recycle an aluminum can, you allow a company to be able to make something out of it. That is the same thing for plastic. Humans created waste. It doesn't exist in nature. So as much as we can eliminate waste that is a big success," Kensler said.

Here are some tips for fans wanting to help with the efforts: Swap disposable tailgate supplies for items that can be reused, such as tableware, cloth napkins and tablecloths. Choose plastic and aluminum over glass and Styrofoam. Recycle all aluminum and plastic. Bring a reusable water bottle to the game and use refilling stations to fill it up. Clean up tailgate areas after the game.

The Green Game will feature on-field recognition of the Spirit of Sustainability Award recipients, giveaways to promote recycling - not only on game day, but also at the local, regional, and state levels - and a message on the video board to highlight Auburn Athletics' sustainability projects.

Auburn will face off against Louisiana-Monroe. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

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