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University Of California, Berkeley Wins The 2016 Pac-12 Road To Zero Waste Challenge; University Of Colorado-Boulder Runner-Up

The Green Sports Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge, the University of California, Berkeley!

PORTLAND, OR. – In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, 100% of Pac-12 universities participated in the second annual 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 2016 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 Athletics 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.

Results of the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge were determined by a panel of three independent judges. We congratulate UC-Berkeley, CU-Boulder, ASU, U. Arizona, and ALL Pac-12 campuses for their dedicated efforts and participation!

The Green Sports Alliance is proud to support this unique activation showcasing the sustainability leadership of the Pac-12.

2016 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge Final Results:

  • 1st Place: University of California, Berkeley
  • 2nd Place: University of Colorado Boulder
  • 3rd Place: Arizona State University
  • Honorable Mention: University of Arizona

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 http://www.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 we live and play. The nonprofit organization does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. The Alliance is engaging the global sports industry to encourage measurable actions that enhance venue operations, influence the sports industry supply chain and mobilize fans.

Since launching nationally in March of 2011, the Alliance has grown from 6 teams from 6 leagues to more than 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. Currently, 30 NCAA affiliated universities are members of the Alliance.

Visit http://www.greensportsalliance.org to learn more. Interested in membership? Inquire at info@greensportsalliance.org.


Carpool Program Next Step In Sustainability Efforts At Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are eager to announce River Cats Road Relief, presented by Sacramento Region Spare the Air. River Cats Road Relief is all-new in 2016 and is designed to encourage fans to consider more energy friendly modes of transportation when visiting Raley Field and to reduce the River Cats’ overall environmental impact.

River Cats Road Relief is made up of three separate, yet equally important initiatives, each a different approach to lessening the River Cats’ carbon footprint. The three programs include the Lasher’s Subaru Carpool program, Tito’s Trolley, and Bike Valet.

“We saw an opportunity to encourage our fans to take steps to decrease their environmental impact and in turn reduce ours” explained Chip Maxson, River Cats General Manager. “The goal with River Cats Road Relief is to improve the fan experience while maintaining our commitment to sustainable business practices. These initiatives will reduce the number of cars commuting to Raley Field each night and support our pledge to build a healthier Sacramento.”

Lasher’s Subaru Carpool Parking is a carpool program that provides free carpool parking for vehicles with four or more passengers. By visiting the Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru website, fans will be able to print a special dated parking pass, which, when presented to an attendant at a Raley Field parking lot, will allow for free parking at River Cats regular season games. Learn more and print your passes by visiting www.lasherautogroup.com/rivercats.

Tito’s Trolley will be an all-new trolley service that travels between downtown Sacramento and Raley Field, providing easy access for many fans. The trolley will operate for all Thursday home games and includes three stops in the downtown/midtown area. The trolley will return to these destinations following each game, not only helping to reduce traffic and air pollution, but also providing fans a safe and reliable way to travel between their home and the ballpark.

The Bike Valet will be familiar to some fans, as it has been in place for a number of seasons. Any fan who bikes, blades, scoots, or otherwise travels to the game can safely and securely store their non-motorized mode of transportation in a guarded and secure area on Ballpark Drive for free during games.

These three additions come on the heels of an impressive energy retrofit at Raley Field, which included the install of a 154kW solar array. Over the course of the past two years, the River Cats have made great strides to improve their environmental impact. In 2015, the River Cats created the Sustainability Circle to collaborate with partners and help make Raley Field more sustainable.

Learn more here.

High Tech Plates, Cups, and Flatware for Today’s Stadiums

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Author: Steve Davies
Director – Public Affairs, NatureWorks



Virtual reality gaming, smart watches, tablets, and smart phones, for example, are all recognizably high tech products. But compostable plates, cups, and flatware high tech? Most people would say, “Not so much.”

Actually, a lot of engineering and material science goes into making compostable food serviceware consumer friendly, functional, and, most importantly for stadium use, industrially compostable. Over 300 people from Europe, Asia, and North America will meet in Orlando, Florida, at the international Innovation Takes Root global users’ forum March 30-April 1 to discuss the latest developments with Ingeo – the plastic made from plants, not oil. Ingeo is used as a moisture proof barrier for paper cups, as injection molded cutlery and “thermo-formed”, high clarity, clear cups, lids, plates, bowls, and packaging. These Ingeo serviceware products are 3rd party certified compostable, and enable stadiums to divert food waste and paper and plastic products away from landfills. Without extensive engineering to produce these naturally advanced materials, and without the expertise to transform the raw plastic pellets into products, these items simply would not be on the market. And technical capabilities and successes are exactly what attendees will be talking about during a conference technology sessions entitled The Food Serviceware World Series.


Jase Miller of the Minnesota Twins and Wendell Simonson of Eco Products will describe the waste diversion success story at Target Field. Eilidh Brunton from Vegware will also speak about waste diversion success stories in the UK. Phil Van Trump from MHG, Danny Mishek from Selfeco, Dr. Chinnawat Srirojpinyo from Thailand’s PTT MCC Biochem, and Shilpa Manjure from Nature-Tec will discuss their companies most recent work to enhance the performance of bioplastic food serviceware in terms of injection molding, coatings, and new composite materials. Justin Zeulner, Chief Operation Officer of the Green Sports Alliance, will explain how partnership between manufacturers, brands, and consumers is essential to the success of waste diversion programs. Tech-based food serviceware is a key focus of the Innovation Takes Rood conference.

Compostable bioplastic cups can’t post a photo of you at a game, but high tech food serviceware make the sports stadium a ‘greener’ and a more sustainable community asset.

Learn more about Innovation Takes Root.