BULLDOG SUSTAINABILITY LEADS FIRST “BIKE TO THE BOWL”

BULLDOG SUSTAINABILITY LEADS FIRST “BIKE TO THE BOWL”

This past Saturday, I attended my first Yale sporting event. I watched Yale Football celebrate a 49-43 win over Army, one of its greatest non-league rivals. The game was exciting from start to finish – it began with four West Point cadets jumping from a helicopter high above to deliver the game ball and ended with Yale senior Tyler Varga’s fifth touchdown in overtime.

Another highlight of the day was the inaugural “Bike to the Bowl,” organized by Bulldog Sustainability. First year Forester Matt Viens and Yale College student Chris Bowman led the approximately two mile bike ride from Payne Whitney Gym to the Yale Bowl. The organized event was intended to encourage students and fans to leave their cars behind and get to the game in a more sustainable way.  Getting to the bowl could not have been easier – bike racks at the field provided plenty of parking, while we avoided the long lines, traffic, and other pitfalls of parking a car on game day.

The mission of Bulldog Sustainability is to “cultivate a culture of sustainability in Yale Athletics by integrating environmental and social values into internal operations, staff and student behavior, and sporting events.” Bike to the Bowl is just one of Bulldog Sustainability’s projects; the organization is involved in everything related to sports and sustainability from placing composting bins in the Payne Whitney Gym, to encouraging Yale students and fans to recycle at sporting events, to performing energy and waste audits of Yale’s athletic facilities.

This Saturday marked the first Bike to the Bowl, but it won’t be the last; Viens said that Bulldog Sustainability will lead similar rides for each of Yale’s home football games this fall. This week, the biking cohort was made up of mostly FES students, but he hopes that as the season goes on, more and more students from the greater Yale community will catch on and join the fun.