Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Florida
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Liz Storn
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 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:

The University of Florida Gators and University Athletic Association have pursued numerous sustainability initiatives to both improve the fan experience and reduce Athletics’ impact on the environment and community. The Gators were the first athletic program in the country to be carbon neutral, part of UF's goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. The UAA, in partnership with We Are Neutral began by offsetting Gator football in 2008, followed by a renewed and expanded commitment that offset all athletic activities (operation of facilities and team travel).These offsets are unique because they are all generated locally, benefitting our community and the state of Florida.

Numerous Gator facilities have received LEED certification including the following:
- Donald R Dizney Stadium (Florida Lacrosse) – LEED Gold
- Gymnastics Practice Field – LEED Gold
- Golf Course Club House – LEED Silver
- Baseball Locker room – LEED Certified
- Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Certification in progress – expecting LEED Gold
- UF Football Indoor Practice Facility – LEED Silver
- James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Complex – LEED Platinum

Florida Gators fans are engaged and informed about sustainability efforts throughout the games through announcements regarding Zero Waste initiatives. Additionally, sustainability information is presented on the UAA webpage (https://floridagators.com/sports/2015/12/10/_sustainability_.aspx), and Green Games are hosted in each of the major sports to highlight sustainability initiatives throughout campus.

UAA works with grass and turf researchers at the University of Florida to maximize the quality of playing fields while reducing water and chemical input. Some fields are watered with reclaimed water from the UF Wastewater Treatment facility (as is most campus open space), and a pilot project involved applying compost generated from UF food waste to the Ben Hill Griffin stadium field.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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