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Berkeley High Students Help Promote Zero-Waste at Cal

Berkeley High Student VolunteersBerkeley High Student VolunteersOn January 21st, 17 enthusiastic and environmentally conscious Berkeley High School students volunteered to help reduce waste and educate the public at the Cal Basketball game versus Arizona State.

The student leaders arrived early to Haas Pavilion in Berkeley to receive outreach training from the UC Berkeley Zero Waste 2020 organization on campus as well as StopWaste, rx the Alameda Waste Management Authority. The Berkeley High School student leaders learned how to engage with excited fans about how to best dispose of their uneaten food and other refuse items in the most environmentally sustainable way.

During the first half of the game, the Berkeley High School ;student leaders stood near the refuse stations that are placed around Haas Pavilion. These stations consist of three bins: Organics, Recycling and Landfill. The goal during this event was to both teach the greater community where to place their refuse items and to allow the students to further develop their environmental leadership and outreach skills.

After a job well done, the Berkeley High School students were able to go up into the stands and enjoy the second half of the 75-70 Cal victory.

The Cal campus currently has a 50% diversion rate and is well on its way to achieving its goal of being a zero waste campus by 2020. Through outreach efforts combining Cal Athletics, StopWaste and engaged student leaders from the local community, the goal is on track to become a reality.