Zero Waste: a philosophy and design principle

Zero waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st century. It includes reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting, but goes beyond that by taking a whole system approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through society. 

Zero waste reduces consumption, minimizes waste, maximizes recycling and composting, and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. Recycling conserves natural resources by reducing our need to mine for raw materials, reduces energy consumption necessary to manufacture new materials from scratch, and creates less air, soil, and water pollution.

The University of Chicago is committed to improving sustainability and recognizes that it can be integrated into many different disciplines, including athletics.

With that in mind, we are excited to be hosting the first UChicago zero waste athletics event, organized by student athletes in partnership with our Earth Day sponsors across campus.