In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, 100% of Pac-12 universities participated in the third annual basketball edition of this competition. Every member of the Pac-12 is also a member of the Green Sports Alliance. The goal was to see which university could divert the most waste from the landfill at a selected men’s or women’s home game during the Spring 2017 basketball season, as well as which one used the most innovative methods to expand the reach and impact of the competition.
The Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge provides a friendly and spirited platform for Pac-12 universities to engage on best practices in athletic event waste diversion and to learn how each campus strives toward zero waste goals. In addition to overall waste diversion rate, the universities are scored on innovation, partnership & participation, and fan engagement. Also for the first time, special awards were given for Fan Engagement, Athlete/Player Engagement, and the most improved school (from the previous competition)
Results of the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge were determined by a panel of three independent judges. We congratulate all the Pac-12 campuses for their dedicated efforts and participation! The Green Sports Alliance is proud to support this unique activation highlighting the sustainability leadership of the Pac-12.
Spring 2017 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge Final Results:
1st Place: University of California, Berkeley
- Achieved a diversion rate of 94%
2nd Place: University of Colorado, Boulder
- Achieved a diversion rate of 92%
3rd Place: University of Arizona
- Achieved a diversion rate of 65%
Spring 2017 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge Special Awards:
- Fan Engagement Award – University of Arizona
- Athlete/Player Engagement – Stanford University
- Most Improved – University of California, Los Angeles
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 48 of the last 54 years, with 476 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to pac-12.com/conference.
About the Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 sports leagues in 14 countries. Currently, 30 NCAA affiliated universities are members of the Alliance.