Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.90
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Santa Barbara
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & 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 or arena 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 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 Yes

A brief description of the institution’s green athletics program:
PACES Sports Team Certification recognizes sports teams moving towards sustainability. Sports teams play a large role on campus and can have an even broader influence to foster a sustainable culture here at UC Santa Barbara. The goal of the certification is to engage and educate student sports leaders on best ecological practices for the organization and every individual involved. We aim to provide tools and resources for the team to run more efficiently and ecologically-conscious. We benchmark a sports team based on their: 1) Engagement with the Community 2) Energy and Water Usage 3) Purchasing 4) Waste Management 5) Accommodation and Transportation and 6) Communication. The certification process is conducted based on the team's availability and preferred timeline. If a team hosts larger events such as tournaments, the team may also participate in a PACES Green Events certification.

UCSB Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises (HDAE) is in charge of concessions at Harder Stadium. HDAE has committed to the sustainable foodservice goals in the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/SustainablePractices which includes a goal to procure 25% sustainable food products by the year 2030.

Several of the athletic fields have also been switched to synthetic turf.

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