Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.77
Liaison Josh Lasky
Submission Date April 4, 2023

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Tanya Vogel
Deputy Athletics Director
"---" 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 No
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 Yes
A program to minimize the sustainability impacts of turf management (e.g., by installing low input turfgrass or environmentally preferable artificial turf) Yes
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 No
An athletic team certification program No

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

Green Building Cerfitication: The Smith Center, GW's primary athletics venue, earned LEED Gold in 2012.

Sustainable Food and Beverage Program: The Athletics Department uses all biodegradable plastic and/or paper products for all player meal needs, including plates, bowls, cutlery, and cups. Several water bottle filling stations have been added to the Smith Center to facilitate the use of reusable bottles.

Composting: The Smith Center kitchen facilities practice back-of-house composting for all food prep. Student athletes participate in the delivery of organic waste from the athletic facility to compost hauler pickup sites.

Sustainable Turf: All of our athletic fields are synthetic, so there is no water or chemicals used for maintenance.

Sustainable Transportation: Our travel policy recommends use of charter bus for trips over 4.5 hours, decreasing the number of vans needed for longer trips.

Community Engagement: We have had fewer promotions due to attendance restrictions due to COVID.

Website URL where information about the green athletics program is available:
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