Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.28
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Grand Valley State University
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
"---" 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 ---
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 Yes
An athletic team certification program ---

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

A campus-wide group works to support sustainable sporting events at GVSU. Staff from athletics, campus dining, facilities services and sustainability work together to organize sustainable sporting events. Student volunteers and sustainability ambassadors help to engage and educate fans about zero waste efforts, transportation options, and other sustainability efforts at the games.

The Kelly Family Sports Building is LEED gold and additional details can be found here: https://www.gvsu.edu/sportsfacilities/the-kelly-family-sports-center-6.htm

GVSU strives for zero waste at all home football games. Athletics assists by announcing efforts over the loudspeaker and posting info on the scoreboard and campus dining assists by providing compostable products. Facilities services provides and staffs sorting stations and helps support volunteers and fans alike. Student volunteers are trained by facilities services and the Office of Sustainability Practices staff to provide outreach and education to visitors. They stand physically at the sorting stations and help fans to make the right choice when disposing products. They also work with facilities services to collect, sort, and weigh the bags so a diversion rate can be calculated.

GVSU was the first public university in Michigan to be certified by Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/2011/gvsu-first-public-university-in-state-to-receive-5559.htm). It also has LEED certified athletic buildings (the Kelly Sports Building and the Rec Center are LEED gold).

GVSU also offers a bus service to encourage sustainable transportation to games.

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