Perhaps fittingly, the University of Colorado is leading the Pac-12 Conference's sustainability endeavors.

On Wednesday, the league announced that Colorado was the winner of the "Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge" for the 2018 football season.

The Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge is held annually during the football and basketball seasons. Each university selects one home football game and one home basketball game to compete and provide a platform for engaging on best practices in waste diversion. As part of the competition, each university submitted a scorecard describing the efforts around its Zero Waste game. Criteria is weighted as such: 25 percent participation and partnerships, 25 percent innovation credit and 50 percent stadium diversion rate.

"Sustainability is a very important key for us, something we take a great deal of pride in," CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement. "We want to be leaders in this area and we are certainly excited about being recognized in this way."

For the football season, Arizona was named the most-improved, while Arizona State (best student-athlete engagement) and Washington (best fan engagement) also garnered honors.

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