Berkeley wins Pac-12 Zero Waste Game for the 4th year in a row!

April 10, 2018

UC Berkeley Continues As Champion in Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Competition

UC Berkeley successfully achieved our 4th consecutive victory in the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Competition on February 24th, 2018 during the men’s basketball game against University of Washington with a 95.4% diversion rate. UC Berkeley Cal Zero Waste partnered with Learfield, Bank of the West, Savers, UC Berkeley’s ReUse club, Hesperian Elementary School, Build Your Own Garment, Brita and more to host a pre-game event with the themes: zero waste and reuse.

Cal Zero Waste also worked with Savers and UC Berkeley’s ReUse club to host a clothing donation drive, where participants received a free t-shirt in exchange for gently used clothing. In total, 100 lbs. of clothing were donated by basketball fans and 2,651 reused t-shirts were given away. In addition, 36 elementary student volunteers from Hesperian Elementary School participated as “trash-talkers” and engaged one-on-one with fans about how to properly sort their waste at the game.

Thank you to all that participated in helping defend UC Berkeley’s title in the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Competition!

Press Release:

The Pac-12 Conference announced today that the University of California was selected the overall winner of the Pac-12’s Zero Waste Competition for the 2017-2018 basketball season, with three other Pac-12 universities selected as winners of subcategories. Each Pac-12 institution participates in the competition with the goal of determining which university diverted the most waste from the landfill at a selected men’s basketball game, as well as which used the most innovative methods to expand reach and impact of sustainability education efforts. Read the Press Release.