Cal Athletics has won the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Competition for its efforts during the 2017-18 basketball season, marking the fourth consecutive season the program has received the award.
“It’s been a great pleasure to participate and an honor to win the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Competition for the men’s basketball season for four years in a row,” said Lin King, manager of Cal Zero Waste, and his staff in an email. “It highlights the success of partnerships and collaborative efforts put into our zero-waste games. We’re hoping to continue to keep the title in the coming year.
Cal received the award for its efforts when it hosted Washington on Feb. 24, 2018. Cal Zero Waste partnered with a plethora of different groups to host a pre-game event, the theme being zero waste and reuse.
When the Bears hosted the Huskies, Cal achieved a 95.7 percent diversion rate, the percentage of material that is either reused, recycled or composted.
The judging panel was composed of basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, UNC Charlotte’s Sustainability Coordinator Tyler Sytsma and Orange Coast College’s Sustainability Coordinator and zero waste and diversion expert Mike Carey.
Walton, arguably the most proactive environmentalist in collegiate basketball, recorded a video which aired on the scoreboard throughout the game.
“All of our member schools have terrific sustainability programs and departments, setting us far on this most important front,” Walton said in a press release by the Pac-12. “Particular note must be pointed out for the excellent presentations and submissions from overall winner, California.”