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‘Green’ Groups to Benefit from KU Tailgating Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Four University of Kansas groups engaged in environmental sustainability activities will benefit when the 2008 “Proud to Be a Jayhawk” tailgating fundraiser gets under way. Two of the groups have strong ties to the KU School of Engineering.

“Saturdays, tailgating and KU football are synonymous now,” said Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “To keep this popular new football tradition at KU, we hope all fans will consider buying a football program to support sustainability work and research at KU.” The KU football season kicks off at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. KU will play Florida International University at Memorial Stadium.

The green groups will split $1 from every KU football program sold at home football games. More than $25,000 has been raised through the tailgating fundraiser since the promotion began in 2002. In 2007, a record $4,911 was collected. This year’s beneficiaries are the KU Biodiesel Initiative, the Center for Sustainability, Emerging Green Builders and Studio 804. School of Engineering faculty members serve as advisers for both the Biodiesel Initiative and Emerging Green Builders.

[Susan Williams works with a KU student to produce biodiesel from waste cooking oil.]

KU Biodiesel Initiative

This student project, led by Susan Williams, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, integrates research with refinement of biodiesel in the university’s two new reactors. The initiative converts used cooking oil collected from a campus dining facility into biodiesel fuel. The program creates undergraduate research opportunities in alternative fuels for students in engineering and science as well as volunteers from across campus. The students are developing fuel testing methods that will support local industry and generating a useable fuel source out of materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste. Proceeds will support the initiative’s projects.

Emerging Green Builders

Emerging Green Builders is a coalition of students and young professionals intent on promoting the integration of future leaders into the green building movement. Proceeds will benefit a 5,000-square-foot rain garden project at the Ambler Student Fitness Recreation Center initiated by the KU student chapter. The students already have earned funding support from the state department of health and environment, the KU Center for Sustainability, Student Senate and the Ambler center. Pipes on the roof will direct rain into the garden, and the slope of the garden will trap storm water and prevent flooding around the fitness center. The students will plant native flowers and grasses such as iris, sunflower, milkweed and lobelia, providing a year-round array of colorful blooms. The roots will filter dirt and chemicals, improve water quality and require less maintenance than non-native species. Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Brian Rock serves as adviser for the group.

Tailgating and shuttle bus information

Fans 21 and older may tailgate with alcohol in designated areas during a three-hour pre-game period and during halftime. Tailgating with alcohol is not permitted during game time. On Aug. 30, the game starts at 6 p.m. so tailgating may begin at 3 p.m. Free shuttle buses will begin running two hours before game time from campus parking lots to the east side of Memorial Stadium.

Four parking lots have been added to the list of designated tailgating lots between the stadium and Allen Fieldhouse. Designated tailgating lots are 1, 3 (excluding the canopy and other designated areas), 33, 36, 39, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 65, 72, 90, 91, 92, 94 and 124. Tailgating is permitted in the Mississippi Street parking garage, but no cooking is allowed.

Public toll parking for home football games is no longer available on Memorial Drive or in the Mississippi Street garage. KU Parking and Transit will sell a limited number of parking spaces in lot 72, an approved tailgating lot between the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage and the Burge Union. Lot 90, east of the fieldhouse, previously was a free parking lot but now is a toll lot. Parking will cost $20. Both of these lots are served by a free shuttle for travel to and from Memorial Stadium.

For disabled people, there are 12 disabled parking stalls in lot 59 on the stadium’s east side, and 26 stalls in Lot 94 on the west side. Each now costs $20.

Alcohol consumption is not permitted on campus or city streets. KU Public Safety will establish a boundary line to designate where tailgating is allowed on Campanile Hill. The space on the hill will be reduced because of the construction.

In addition to providing portable toilets in all designated tailgating areas, Kansas Athletics will provide burn buckets for fans to safely dispose of hot coals.

The tailgating rules are:

• Alcohol may be consumed only during a three-hour period before kickoff and during halftime in the designated tailgating area.

• Underage drinking, disorderly conduct or other unlawful conduct will not be tolerated.

• No kegs or other containers with a capacity greater than 1 gallon may be brought into this area. Fans are strongly encouraged not to use or bring glass containers.

• Alcohol may not be brought into Memorial Stadium.

– Story by University Relations

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