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Eagles Men’s Basketball Hosts Zero Waste Game on Wednesday

By Hannah Debelius

Basketball player holding a basketball. American University and Bucknell Logo

Fans in attendance at Bender Arena this Wednesday night will learn that hitting the right basket at the right time is as important in basketball as it is in recycling and knowing where and how to dispose of your trash properly.

American University’s basketball game against Bucknell on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. will be a night of excitement bringing the campus community together to both root for the Eagles and learn about sustainable lifestyles and AU’s commitment to become a zero-waste and carbon-neutral campus by 2020.

"The game will be both a fun and educational night, as we do our part to spread the word about zero waste on our campus" said Robert Sherman, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing.

“The Office of Sustainability is thrilled to continue to partner with the Department of Athletics and with Facilities Management for the Zero Waste Basketball Game,” said Megan Litke, Director of Sustainability Programs. “To achieve American University's goal of zero waste, it is so important that everyone participates, and this is an exciting way to have fun, promote the program, and ensure that every member of our community knows how to sort waste.”

All fans are invited to learn more about sustainability on campus and to stop by the sustainability fair on the concourse and in the Blue Crew corner next to Section 112 on the main floor of Bender Arena. The fair will feature environmental student groups, such as the AU Student Zero Waste Club and Ecosense.

The first 500 students to arrive at the game will receive a free reusable tumbler, courtesy of Coca-Cola. The tumbler can be used for a $1 fountain drink at the concession stand.

Additionally, all students in attendance will be entered in a raffle to win one of two Coca-Cola-themed bicycles and bocce ball sets. The winner will be announced in the second half and must be present to win.

Admission to the game is free for AU undergraduate, graduate, and WCL students with valid AU ID. Tickets for faculty, staff, alumni, and fans are available here, or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.

American University’s Zero Waste Policy is committed to strive for zero waste sent to landfill and incineration. AU is working to achieve this goal by recycling, composting, or otherwise diverting more than two-thirds of its waste. You can learn more about Zero Waste at, and about AU's overall sustainability efforts at

Check out photos from previous AU Sustainability Zero Waste basketball games by visiting the following links: and