The City’s Waste Prevention team partnered with TrackTownUSA to implement sustainable practices at the IAAF World Junior Championships (WJC) July 22-27. The track and field event is in the process of applying for Evergreen certification through the Council for Responsible Sport. Volunteers on the sustainability crew engaged fans about Eugene’s efforts to prevent waste, while top-sorting materials into their respective bins to recover materials rather than sending them to the landfill.
Additionally, Waste Prevention staff organized a “Sustainability Scavenger Hunt” that took place for the duration of the event. Guests who visited the We Can! booth at the WJC had the chance to search for clues about Eugene’s sustainable efforts. Clues included riding public transit, visiting businesses that participate in the Love Food Not Waste commercial composting program, fixing a flat tire at the UO Bike Barn, learning about GloryBee’s efforts to Save the Bee, seeing organic agriculture in action at the UO’s Urban Farm, and more! Participants from around the world took photos of themselves while completing clues, and those that finished the hunt received the grand prize: a commemorative medallion made from locally salvaged wood.