U-M to Host Zero-Waste NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships
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April 3, 2014

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan will take part in the first-ever zero-waste NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for April 10-12 at Crisler Center. The event will feature only compostable and recyclable products being sold from Sodexo, concession provider for U-M. Paperless results will also be used during the NCAA Championships, and volunteers will help organize and sort materials.

"This is a great way for U-M to expand its zero-waste footprint on the athletic campus," said men's gymnastics administrative assistant Ian Makowske, who is also a dual-degree master's student pursing his MBA/MS through Michigan's School of Resources and Environment and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the Erb Institute for Sustainable Global Enterprise.

"This is another platform for the athletic department to continue fulfilling its sustainability initiatives, as well as support the university's broad initiative for sustainability. We have set the goal of 90 percent waste diversion," Makowske added. "We have done regular-season games for soccer and men's basketball as zero-waste, but now we are taking it to the next level."

Volunteers from the School of Natural Resources & Environment, as well as the Michigan Student-Athletes for Sustainability and Student Sustainability Initiative, will be stationed at reciprocals throughout Crisler Center during the event to aid in the sorting of compostable and non-compostable materials.

Tickets are available for purchase online at MGoBlue.com/tickets, over the phone (734-764-0247 or toll-free 866-296-MTIX), or in person at the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office, located in Marie Hartwig Building at 1100 South State Street.

Contact: Scott Kemps