Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Stacey Baumgarn
Campus Energy Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution’s green athletics program include the following?:
Yes or No
Zero waste and/or carbon neutral athletic events Yes
A stadium or arena certified under a green building rating system Yes
A sustainable food and beverage purchasing program that includes athletic event vendors and concessions No
A program to minimize the sustainability impacts of turf management (e.g., by installing low input turfgrass or environmentally preferable artificial turf) No
A program to support more sustainable transportation options for athletic events Yes
Community engagement efforts, e.g. to educate students and fans/supporters about the institution’s sustainability initiatives Yes
An athletic team certification program No

A brief description of the institution’s green athletics program:

CSU’s Canvas Stadium, hosting football games and practice, earned LEED Silver in 2019. Moby Arena, home to basketball and volleyball games, is heated and cooled by the GeoExchange (GeoX) system, located underneath the Intra-mural (IM) fields. A sign outside of Moby helps educate fans about the underground system. The GeoX system is a network of pipes and wells that utilize the ambient temperature of the ground to heat and cool liquid that is then piped back to Moby.

Fort Collins Transit MAX, HORN (ADA accessible), and West Campus lines provide free and increased frequency service on Game Day at CSU to promote fans in the community as well as CSU students, staff, and faculty to take public transit to campus.

CSU’s Zero Waste Team acts as peer educators at many of CSU’s athletic events, answering questions regarding waste sorting, the importance of clean waste streams and zero waste practices. They sort recycling, compost, and landfill bins at CSU football, basketball and volleyball games to ensure as much landfill waste is diverted as possible.

Website URL where information about the green athletics program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

To learn about the GeoExchange project, see the following Source story:
Sustainable Transportation on Gamedays:

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