Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.87
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Nate Shear
Sustainability Metrics Intern
Office of 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 No
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 No
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 No

A brief description of the institution’s green athletics program:
Most of UGA's athletic fields are irrigated with harvested water (from well, irrigation pond or cistern). Low flow fixtures are installed in all restroom facilities and water conservation signage encourages visitors to conserve. Athletic Fields are painted with environmentally friendly paint. More than 60% of UGA Athletic Association buildings are cleaned with “Green Cleaning” products and practices. UGA Transportation and Parking Services Special Events team strongly encourages the use of alternative transportation on gamedays, and shuttles are provided to limit vehicle use on campus. 1200+ temporary, co-located trash and recycling bins are placed throughout campus during each home football game. 1500 trash and recycling bags are given to vehicles in UGA Athletic Association reserved parking lots. The Office of Sustainability supports Zero Waste Tailgates during football season, usually at the most popular games. The goal of the Zero-Waste Tailgate is to encourage tailgaters to help keep our campus clean and reduce our environmental impact on game days by disposing of their waste correctly. During these events volunteers walk around popular tailgating areas to pass out recycling bags and answer any questions regarding recycling on game days.

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