But this year's finale against the Wolverines on Nov. 24 had an extra incentive, besides winning 26-21. Corey Hawkey, program coordinator for OSU's energy services and sustainability office, and his team were looking to achieve zero waste at Ohio Stadium for the third-consecutive home game.
Well, they succeeded. With nearly 106,000 fans in attendance – the most this season at the "Horseshoe" – Ohio Stadium diverted 97.4% of its gameday waste from a landfill.
"We look forward to another successful season next year, including setting new goals that will continue to drive the high standard we set this year for next season and beyond," Hawkey wrote in an email. "The zero waste team will continue to work with our partners and sponsors to refine the program and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
"Our commitment to zero waste has led to an innovative and effective program that demonstrates that Ohio State is a leader in sustainability. We hope we have inspired others to implement similar programs."
Click here for an account of how Hawkey and crew consistently accomplished the feat.
There's a saying that goes "one's an accident, two's a coincidence, three's a trend." Well, Buckeyes, here is to a trend I hope will continue and gets picked up by others.
Congratulations on a job well done.