CLEMSON — 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 Saturday's Homecoming football game with Boston College can check out the “green trailgating” trailer at 11 a.m. Saturday 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. (See a video of the project.)

“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 Earth-friendly. Through Friday, student organizations will be hard at work building 14 Homecoming displays on Bowman Field. This year, the President’s Commission on Sustainability and Clemson Recycling are teaming 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.

At the Habitat for Humanity Homecoming House, also being 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.


Creative Inquiry
Creative Inquiry is a unique program that gives Clemson University undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects that span disciplines and multiple semesters. Students work in teams with faculty mentors, take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers. Creative Inquiry participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems and hone their communication and presentation skills. For more information, go to

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