Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Ayrel Clark-Proffitt
Campus Engagement Manager
Sustainability Office
"---" 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) No
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:

Recycle Rice-Eccles (2009 - present)
Recycle Rice-Eccles (RRE) is a program under the ASUU Sustainability Board. The mission of RRE is to engage fans in sustainability practices and divert recyclable waste from the landfill at the tailgate lot and at the stadium during home football games. Volunteers get free admission to the football games, a volunteer green t-shirt, and food.
URL: http://asuu.utah.edu/recyclericeeccles

RecycBike Brigade (2017-present)
The Sustainability Office manages the RecycBike Brigade at home football games. Volunteers ride six cargo bikes around campus to collect tailgaters aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. The Brigade is also a tool for athlete engagement in sustainability. In 2019, the University of Utah championship ski team powered the brigade for three games, and the track team volunteered for another home game.

University of Utah Game Day Ticket Program (2013- present)
University of Utah and the Utah Transit Authority have partnered to provide public transportation to the U for athletic events. If you have a ticket to cheer on your favorite University of Utah sports team, you can board UTA bus, FrontRunner or TRAX with your game day ticket and ride the system all day. The offer is good for all University of Utah home football games, gymnastic meets, men and women’s basketball games, and soccer and volleyball games, as well as high school football and basketball tournaments held on the University of Utah campus.
URL: https://www.rideuta.com/Fares-And-Passes/U-of-U-Athletic-Events

Pac-12 Team Green
The University of Utah actively supports Pac-12 Team Green, the conference's sustainability initiative. The University of Utah Sustainability Office develops programming for one home football game and one home gymnastics meet as part of the Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge.
URL: https://pac-12.com/team-green

Website URL where information about the green athletics program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


The University of Utah joined the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) in 2014. The PAC-12 Conference joined GSA in 2015, following the lead of the conference’s 12 institutions, which were already members of GSA.


Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification, 17 October, 2017.
The University of Utah announces its first Athletics building to be LEED Gold certified

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