Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.46
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date May 9, 2011
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College of Saint Benedict
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amanda Bednar
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The College of St Benedict (CSB) Athletics have decided to take a pledge as an athletic community to become more sustainable. The “Green Pledge”, that all athletes signed, includes changing their behaviors as athletes to be more sustainable. These first few steps were rules and regulations to encourage the women to change their current behaviors.

The themes are reduce, reuse and recycle. This includes reducing shower time, water use, paper use and electricity. Women are encouraged to reuse water containers and athletic equipment. They have also been recycling shoes, athletic equipment and clothing.

One student is also calculating the Carbon Footprint for travel for all athletic teams. After this is done, she will present her data to the department and make suggestions for improving their emissions in regards to travel.

The hope is to extend the Year of Sustainability beyond this academic year and to make changes in the lives of athletes to be more sustainable. There has been significant support from the Athletic Department for this initiative but was inspired by a student at St. Bens. With the help of other student athletes, a sustainability committee was created. With the help of the Athletic Director, this group created the “Green Pledge” that was eventually signed by all CSB athletes.


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