Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.66
Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Rochester Institute of Technology
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
0.00 / 0.50 Sarah Dobie
Student staff
Office of the president
"---" 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 Yes
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 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:

RIT is known for its Division 1 Men's and Women's hockey teams. Thus, we have concentrated our green athletics program on improving the sustainability of our hockey arena, as well as by engaging students and educating attendees on sustainability practices. In 2012, the Gene Polisseni Center was constructed and is currently undergoing the certification process to become LEED Silver certified. Additionally, there is a Zero Waste Initiative run by student sustainability staff members. For each hockey game, up to 15 students volunteer to stand near waste disposal areas and assist attendees with sorting their waste into compost, recycling, and landfill bins. The goal is to eventually achieve a 90% or greater diversion rate. Additionally, it serves as a great platform on educating volunteers and attendees on proper waste disposal.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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