The Pac-12 US college sports conference has entered into a partnership with waste management platform Copia.
The company will serve as an official member of Pac-12 Team Green, the conference’s sustainability platform.
Copia will work to ensure all remaining Pac-12 championship events, the 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference and other major competitions are zero food-waste events for the 2018-19 season.
As part of the deal, today’s (Friday’s) Pac-12 Football Championship at Levi’s Stadium will become the first-ever college football championship to be a zero food-waste event.
Copia helps businesses and event organisers prevent food waste and donate excess food to nearby non-profit organisations.
Copia chief executive Komal Ahmad said: “We’re excited to be a part of the Pac-12’s greening efforts. They are ahead of the curve in transforming college sports into a platform for environmental progress and social good. With the help of the Pac-12, Copia will divert millions of pounds of excess food from the landfill. This year, Copia will feed more than 2 million people with food that would have otherwise gone to waste.”