|Submission Date||Aug. 16, 2018|
University of California, Berkeley
IN-4: Green Athletics
|0.50 / 0.50||
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
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||---|
|A program to minimize the use of potable water and chemicals in turf maintenance and groundskeeping||---|
|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, including the specific initiatives selected above:
UC Berkeley's Zero Waste program has been implemented at Memorial Stadium, the campus football stadium, and other athletic facilities, with visitors encouraged to dispose of waste in the appropriate bins, and packaging and other materials kept to a minimum. For four years in a row, UC Berkeley has won the Pac 12 zero waste game day for men's basketball.
Under green buildings, Memorial Stadium, the campus football stadium, is LEED-certified Silver.
Public transportation is highly recommended on football game days. Game day shuttles offer transportation to Memorial Stadium from the downtown Berkeley BART station and nearby campus locations. The UC Berkeley campus has a limited number of parking spaces available so the school encourages public transportation.
With community engagement efforts, pre-game best practices include collaboration with concessions to ensure all items sold are compostable or recyclable, developing an educational video to be show during the game and an educational game to be played by fans during halftime, and installing zero waste reduction bins and signs throughout the basketball Pavilion. Game day best practices include student “trash talkers” assisting fans with waste diversion and sorting, educational tabling through the Pavilion and Stadium, and providing bins to collect used pom-poms and fan items for reuse at future games.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Information in this field was provided by the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability and Energy.
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