|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of Virginia
IN-16: Green Athletics
|0.25 / 0.50||
Office for Sustainability
Does the institution’s green athletics program include the following?:
|Yes or No|
|Zero waste and/or carbon neutral athletic events||Yes|
|A stadium or arena certified under a green building rating system||Yes|
|A sustainable food and beverage purchasing program that includes athletic event vendors and concessions||Yes|
|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||No|
|Community engagement efforts, e.g. to educate students and fans/supporters about the institution’s sustainability initiatives||Yes|
|An athletic team certification program||Yes|
A brief description of the institution’s green athletics program:
UVA Athletics, in partnership with the Office for Sustainability, is implementing zero-waste initiatives to reduce landfilled waste, supporting student-athlete leadership in sustainability, improving efficiency and reduced environmental impact of its facilities, and engaging with local and national sustainability-related organizations to share solutions and earn recognition.
We also have a student-athlete-run Green Athletics group, which works to continuously educate and empower Athletics teams to take sustainable action, and has rolled out the Green Team Certification to address resource use within UVA Athletic team operations by promoting sustainable actions and environmental consciousness. Participating varsity Athletics teams complete sustainable actions to earn points that are tracked using the Green Team Leaderboard. Our Green Athletics intern also serves as the chair of the ACC Sustainable Athletes monthly meeting group.
Lastly, our athletics facilities include 5 LEED Certified spaces and 1 LEED Silver athletic spaces.
Website URL where information about the green athletics program is available:
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