USC goes green at the Coliseum with zero waste efforts at football game

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

When USC and Stanford met on the field of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday, the Trojans dominated the Cardinal, winning their first conference bout of the year 56-10. While the game was decided early, another competition that matters just as much to the USC Athletic Department and Coliseum staff still hung in the balance.

USC attempted to hold its first zero-waste “Green Game” of the 2023 season as part of the PAC-12 Conference’s “Zero Waste Challenge.” With a color-coded garbage bag system, compostable cups, and fan-engaging scoreboard videos, the Coliseum put forward its plan to best promote sustainability during the Stanford game.

Since 2016, schools in the PAC-12 have competed with each other, attempting to host a zero waste home game during the football and basketball seasons. For the past four years, all 12 member schools of the conference have participated in the competition.

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