Creative Inquiry

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Tailgating for Clemson in Orange - and Green

A group of Clemson University students has come up with a way football fans can make tailgating more environmentally friendly.

A team led by students in civil engineering and architecture designed a sustainable tailgating trailer that can be pulled by a bicycle for a Creative Inquiry project. Their goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of tailgating by providing a way to do it without using a car.

Fans attending the 2011 Homecoming football game with Boston College visited the "green trailgating" trailer in the Lee Hall courtyard. The trailer folds out to create a place where people can tailgate.

It includes a table and chairs, a grill, a cooler and other handy tools. The group also has created a larger unit that can accommodate up to six families.

"We wanted to look at ways that we could transform Clemson's culture to a culture of sustainability," said Jackie Blizzard, a Ph.D. student in civil engineering. "Football and tailgating are so big at Clemson, so we decided to look at ways to incorporate sustainability into that."

Clemson is looking at other ways to make its Homecoming celebration Earthfriendly. Each year, student organizations build Homecoming displays on Bowman Field. Starting in 2011, the President's Commission on Sustainability and Clemson Recycling team up to help make the annual tradition a greener event.

There will be more recycling bins and trailers on Bowman Field to make it easier for students to dispose of recyclable waste.

As the Habitat for Humanity Homecoming House is built on Bowman Field, power tools and lighting for the project will be powered by a five-kilowatt biodiesel generator provided by Clemson's Biosystems Engineering Sustainable Biofuels Initiative group.

By: Angela Nixon (Decipher Issue 1, Fall 2012)