Sustainability at Football Games Looks Like This

While the Wolfpack is making a #STATEment on the field, why not make a sustainability #STATEment in the tailgating lot and while you’re at the game? Here are some easy tips to scoring sustainability points when you come to Carter-Finley Stadium to cheer on the Pack.


Beginning in 2015, you can compost leftover food and food-related paper products on the concourse throughout and after the game. Our friendly student volunteers will help you sort your waste, and compostable items will be transformed into soil amendment used to naturally fertilize trees, plants and grass. Composting is the ultimate trash-to-treasure project, so remember to bring your food and beverage containers to the concourse so they can be responsibly recycled or composted.


What could be better than NC-grown fixins’ at your NC State tailgate? Local barbecue, sweet potatoes, apples, peanuts — these are just a few of the great North Carolina-grown products you can easily find during football season. Support NC agriculture on game day (and every day).


When grilling, propane is the cleanest burning fuel (meaning better air quality for you) and also the easiest to manage for on-site grilling. Safe, simple and clean, propane is the easy choice for your next tailgate.

Zero Waste

WE Recycle, do you? The WE Recycle program makes it easy to recycle cans and bottles from your tailgate. Simply get a bag from volunteers or a bag station, fill it, tie it up and leave it for collection. Other waste reduction ideas include choosing reusable items over disposables for serving/eating at your tailgate.


Tailgating is all about community, so the more the merrier! Carpooling with friends and family will not only improve air quality and traffic congestion but also increase the fun factor of attending a game. For an equally entertaining game day travel experience, check out the Red Terror bus. Bonus: you won’t have to worry about finding parking or paying as much for it!


Pack football players aren’t the only ones who can get exercise on game day. Tossing footballs or frisbees, playing cornhole, and simply walking around the tailgate lots are all great ways to get your body moving before you cheer on the Pack.


Break away from the bottle. Not only do disposable water bottles create waste, manufacturing them uses lots of petroleum (a finite natural resource). For your tailgate, use water coolers and have everyone BYOB: Bring Your Own (Water) Bottle.


By using these tips, you’ll become one of the Pack’s most sustainable football fans — moving the Pack toward victory off the field.

Change Your State through simple, everyday actions.
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