Announcing the Results of the 3rd Annual Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl

Announcing the Results of the 3rd Annual Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl
March 15, 2017
Posted by:
Kelley Martin
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In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, 100% of Pac-12 universities participated in the third annual Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl. The goal of the event 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 Fall 2016 football season, as well as which school used the most innovative methods to expand the reach and impact of the competition.

The Pac-12 Road Zero Waste Bowl 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 and 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 for the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl were determined by a panel of four 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.

Fall 2016 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl Challenge Final Results:

  • 1st Place: University of Southern California Achieved a diversion rate of 94%
  • 2nd Place: Arizona State University Achieved a diversion rate of 93%
  • 3rd Place: University of Colorado, Boulder Achieved a diversion rate of 87%

An honorable mention goes out to two additional schools, who achieved diversion rates of 75% (University of Washington) and 70% (University of Arizona)

Fall 2016 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl Challenge Special Awards:

  • Fan Engagement Award: Stanford University
  • Athlete/Player Engagement: Oregon State University
  • Most Improved: University of Southern California


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

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.

Since launching nationally in March of 2011, the Alliance has grown from 6 teams from 6 leagues to nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. Currently, 30 NCAA affiliated universities are members of the Alliance.Visit to learn more. Interested in membership? Email the Alliance Membership Manager Rahul Devaskar at