Football | September 22, 2021
LOS ANGELES – USC’s annual Zero Waste Game, part of Pac-12’s Zero Waste Challenge, is this Saturday’s (September 25) Trojan football game against Oregon State at the Coliseum.
The Trojans and the Colosseum compete with other schools in the league to divert waste from landfills to recycling or composting. Competition at a selected men’s football and basketball game determines which member university diverts the most waste from landfills, as well as which used the most innovative methods to extend the reach and impact of its efforts. education for sustainability.
USC has twice won the Pac-12 Zero Waste Football Competition (2017 and 2018).
There will be a Zero Waste Sustainability booth at the Fan Fest outside the Coliseum, which will include fun family games related to sustainability, Go Green information and fun freebies, as well as the option to take a photo with Traveler.
In addition to sorting and depositing their tailgate waste in special color-coded recycling, composting and landfill containers outside and inside the Colosseum, fans can also take conservation measures such as than buying tailgate foods and beverages in bulk to reduce packaging waste and using reusable plates, cups, and utensils instead of single-use plastics.
“Zero waste” is defined as the diversion of 90% or more of the waste from the landfill or incinerator, through recycling, composting or other reuse.
Since the launch of its Zero Waste program in 2012, the Colosseum has diverted more than 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill sites. The Coliseum hand sorts each matchday waste to ensure it ends up in the correct waste stream.
USC Athletics has worked closely with USC Sustainability on various sustainability efforts.
For example, some 1,500 solar power modules have been installed on the roof of the Galen Center to provide approximately 15% of the arena’s electricity, making it USC’s largest solar power project. . In addition, over 3,000 LED bulbs have been installed in the arena and a ‘pony cooler’ has been added to its cooling units. These energy conservation measures help reduce USC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
USC Athletics is part of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action initiative, joining hundreds of professional sports teams and organizations to help fight climate change and advocate for sustainability.