The City’s Waste Prevention team partnered with Track Town USA (TTUSA) to support responsible sporting events at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Track and Field Championships. The event, which took place from June 10-13 at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, was attended by thousands of fans and athletes from across the USA. TTUSA participated in efforts toward certifying this even through the Council for Responsible Sport, whose requirements include zero waste efforts such as recovery of materials through recycling efforts and diversion of food waste generated at the event by attendees, caterers and vendors
Other elements of certification include measurable steps toward accessibility and inclusion, and a reduction in event waste through thoughtful procurement and purchasing decisions by event organizers. Volunteers on the sustainability ‘Green Team’ monitored recycling efforts, diverted compostable ware and food scraps, promoted sustainability and engaged fans and athletes about efforts to prevent waste, all while sorting materials into their respective bins to demonstrate for visitors and locals alike how we achieve zero waste in Eugene.