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Sustainable efforts make U.S. Track and Field Trials a 'certified green' event

Recycling, compost, and trash bins are all part of the U.S. Track and Field Trials' effort to leave a small carbon footprint. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Compost bins and water bottle refill stations surround Hayward Field for the 2016 U.S. Track and Field Trials.

It's all part of what makes the U.S. Olympic Trials a certified green event.

The Council for Responsible Sport measures events based on several social and environmental factors, everything from planning and purchasing to community legacy.

According to Eugene's coordinator for waste prevention, Deveron Musgrave, in 2012, the Olympic Trials here received gold status from the council, and this year, they're shooting for evergreen status which means they have to meet at least 90 percent of the council's criteria.

Musgrave said one key component is keeping things local.

"Engaging local vendors and having event mementos manufactured locally out of locally reused materials, all of that really positively reduces the amount of shipping and transportation costs and carbon impact that the event has," Musgrave said.

She said the newest sustainable additions are nine water bottle refill stations, and the city even has an online scavenger hunt so fans can find all of the sustainable spots around the field.

As for leftovers, Musgrave said any uneaten food goes to Food for Lane County, and large materials like the scrim on the bleachers and plastic are reused.

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