Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lauren Lichterman
Operations and Sustainability Coordinator
Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Texas
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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 Yes
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:

Texas Athletics, in conjunction with the University of Texas, promotes and supports sustainability. We make sustainability a priority in all endeavors and encourage fans to do their part to create a clean and sustainable gameday environment.

As part of our "Bleed Orange, Live Green" campaign, Texas Athletics is committed to reach a zero waste goal by 2018. With their distinctive green shirts, the Sustainability Squad serves as the face of Athletics’ sustainability efforts to fans on game days. The Squad is composed of two volunteer groups-the Spirit Squad and Sort Squad-that are present at every home football game, as well as baseball and softball games. The Spirit Squad members educate fans about how to recycle and compost, explain the zero waste goal, and monitor the stadium’s recycling and compost bins. The Sort Squad sorts through waste generated throughout the game and ensures collection of compost and recycling. Volunteers receive service hours as well as a free t-shirt.

Food and Beverage Purchasing
Our food vendors adhere to our zero waste purchasing policies, trying whenever possible to purchase recyclable or compostable materials as well as locally, organically grown produce.

Turf Maintenance and Groundskeeping
The university set a sustainability goal of reducing campus water consumption by 20% by the year 2020 with a baseline of 2009 in the Natural Resource Conservation Plan. UT Austin manages domestic water, has upgraded irrigation, and used reclaimed water and water recovery strategies to reduce campus water consumption.

Transportation Options
At football games, we arrange for the Longhorns Express to shuttle fans to the stadium from remote locations so that they don't have to drive all the way to the football game

Community Engagement
Coordinating clean up events at both Town Lake and on campus at our adopt-a-street location through Keep Austin Beautiful. Partnering with Campus Environmental Center, Office of Sustainability, and Housing and Dining to educate incoming students during summer orientations. Partnering with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for various events including a zero waste initiative in our student-athlete dining hall and a gently used shoe collection drive for student-athletes going on a summer mission trip.


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