GO! Cougs! GO! Cougs!
This is the chant that can be heard from block to block around Pullman on a Football Saturday.
Tailgating, pre-gaming, and cheering for our team are skills that are practiced year after year, and game after game. Every year, win or lose, Cougar comradery survives.
The alumni, students, and fans of any football team embody the land and the school from which they’ve spent time. While we may all cheer for our specific football team, we are all a part of the same team when it comes to the environment.
Football tailgating, pre-gaming, and cheering can involve a lot team spirit and a lot of waste. There are fun ways to minimize waste and maximize spirit!
Tailgating and Pre-gaming:
1. Ditch the red solo cups! Host a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) party.
2. Hit up the local Moscow CO-OP for compostable plates, napkins, and trash bags.
3. When grilling, use propane instead of charcoal. Propane emits three times less carbon dioxide than charcoal.
4. Compost left over food.
5. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle: Make sure anything used that is recyclable is placed in the recycling bin.
For those 21 and over:
* Buy a case of beer and recycle the cans.
* Create a block BYOC party - Order a Keg!
* Avoid buying glass bottles, (they are non-recyclable in Pullman).
1. Use eco-friendly glitter! (one type I like: https://www.ecoglitterfun.com/) Just search eco-friendly glitter online and you’ll find quite a few options!
2. DIY Football gear with old t-shirts. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8T87rlEza8)
3. Carpool, use public transit, or walk to the game.
4. Buy and sell your gear from vintage or re-sell stores; Pullman: Lily Bee’s (https://www.facebook.com/lilybeesconsignmentshop/), WSU Surplus (http://www.surplus.wsu.edu/), Moscow: The Storm Cellar (https://www.moscowstormcellar.com/)
5. If you have a lucky jersey, skip the wash! Every team can use a little bit of luck.
Football season, or not, Pullman is where we all find our way back home.
It is up to us, past, present, and future Cougars, to make sure that Saturdays are for the Cougs and the Earth.
~Written by Laila Reimanis~