Berea to Host Fourth Annual “Green” Basketball Game and EcoChallenge

Berea College Basketball Players at the Green Game 2017For the fourth consecutive year, Berea College will host the Carbon Neutral Basketball “Green” Game on Feb. 7 to bring awareness to the responsibility higher-education institutions have to help reduce global carbon emissions.

Following the Green Game, the Sustainability Office staff will calculate the total carbon emissions emitted from the energy used in Seabury Center Gym during the home game, plus emissions from the opposing team’s transportation. This calculation will determine the number of trees volunteers and staff must plant later in the spring to offset the carbon put into the atmosphere during this basketball game.

The first 50 Berea College students to show up to the game will receive a free “Blue Crew Goes Green” T-shirt. Students, faculty and staff teams will compete in a Minute-to-Win-it challenge during halftime.

Attendance at the Green Game will go towards EcoChallenge participation points for each residence hall. The EcoChallenge, from Feb. 4 to March 31, is a combination of the Carbon Neutral Basketball Green Game and the RecycleMania competition between residence halls and the EcoVillage for recycling the most pounds per person and for earning participation points from attending sustainability-themed events in their residence halls. These points are added to the total pounds per person recycled that is used to determine the overall winner of the EcoChallenge.

Students from winning residence halls and the EcoVillage will receive a catered dinner. The top two residence halls will receive a pool table, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

For more information, contact Kristina Anderson, Event and Communication Coordinator at:

Categories: News, Programs and Initiatives
Tags: athletics, basketball, green game, sustainability

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.