Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 BJ Tipton
Program Manager, Solid Waste Services
Facilities Services
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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 No
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 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, including the specific initiatives selected above:

UNC Athletics published its first sustainability report in 2016. The report highlights a range of green initiatives related to energy, water, recycling, transportation, purchasing, and service. Zero waste athletic events have been hosted for several Olympic sports teams. A local manufacturer of fabric has turned more than 250,000 plastic bottles from UNC sporting events into clothing for UNC teams and fans, banners, and graduation gowns. The football and baseball stadiums are irrigated from rainwater stored in cisterns with reclaimed water as back up. Tail gate and game day recycling are standard as is composting by concessionaires. To lessen game day traffic and related emissions, buses transport fans from multiple park and ride lots.


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