Scrap Sparty stands at the entrance of the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center.

Michigan State is taking steps to make sporting events more sustainable

It’s one of the most common chants from fans at Michigan State University sporting events: Go green.

But Michigan State University may be behind in the race to make its athletics department environmentally sustainable. Big Ten rivals Ohio State University and University of Michigan have established zero waste plans for their large sporting events and tailgates — diverting 90% of waste from landfills by recycling, repurposing and composting — while the Spartans lack an athletics-wide sustainability action plan.