Ducks one of nation's best for 'green' athletics

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene is green, it seems, right on down to the athletic events hosted by the University of Oregon.

Alice Henly, author of a study on green events for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the UO makes reducing the impact on the environment a priority.

"They decreased their wastes and were able to recycle and compost 78 percent of all wastes at events," Henly said.

The athletic department said they achieved this mark by adding bins throughout the stadium and on the field.

"We made it a real priority, especially at our higher profile events," said Craig Pintens, senior associate athletic director. "So when you come to Autzen Stadium, you can see three different bins where you can place your compostables or recyclable materials."

Many students are concerned with going green, and sports programs are an effective way to get the word out there, he said.

"Student athletes are in a very high-profile position," Pintens said. "If they are going green and being as green as they possibly can be, hopefully the rest of the campus and community will take it to hearts."