Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.51
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Cristina Padilla
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
"---" 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 certified under a green building rating system No
A sustainable food and beverage purchasing program that includes athletic event vendors and concessions Yes
A program to minimize the use of potable water and chemicals in turf maintenance and groundskeeping No
A program to support more sustainable transportation options for athletic events No
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, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The Indiana University Natatorium achieved a 93 percent diversion rate for post-consumer waste while hosting the Olympic Diving Trials in June 2016, becoming the first athletic venue hosting an Olympic event and the first in Indiana to achieve a zero-waste goal.

During the eight days of the competition, only 175 pounds of the 2,790 pounds of waste that were generated by more than 10,000 spectators and athletes was disposed of as trash. The rest was recycled or composted. The trash was then burned for energy rather than being sent to a landfill.

IUPUI formally joined the Green Sports Alliance in late 2016. On June 28, 2017, the Green Sports Alliance presented IUPUI with the annual Environmental Innovators of the Year Award for the Natatorium's zero-waste Olympic Diving Trials.

In October of 2018, IUPUI attempted the first zero-waste women's soccer game. The event fell just short of zero waste, with a diversion rate of 75%. Then February of 2019, IUPUI attempted the first zero-waste women's basketball game. Once more, the event fell short of the zero-waste designation, with a 79% diversion rate.

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