Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.51
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Principia College
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Nick Barron
Event & Facilities Manager
"---" 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 No
A program to minimize the use of potable water and chemicals in turf maintenance and groundskeeping Yes
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:
Regarding community engagement, a new (2020) program called "Gold and Blue Goes Green!" is a partnership between the Athletics Department and the Center for Sustainability. Designed to both showcase existing and promote new sustainability programming in Athletics, the outreach event coincides with March Madness. Home games (particularly basketball) have sustainability-themed competitions, trivia, prizes, and social media programming. Concessions are sourced locally (from our own Campus Store) and feature sustainable (e.g., local, organic, Fair Trade) fare. The new partnership is committed to measurable targets in Athletic's purchasing, messaging, and operations. A comprehensive website is under development. All home games include designated recycling and composting bins, and water bottle filling stations are increasingly available both for players and spectators. Carbon neutrality is achieved by default, since Principia College itself is a carbon-neutral institution (see OP-1). Contracted groundskeepers "emphasize Integrated Pest Management in our limited application of a combination herbicide and chemical fertilizer to control weeds and enhance turf growth" (C. Spihlman, Focal Pointe Account Manager, pers. comm.).

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