Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Emily Vollmer
Submission Date May 16, 2024

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Emily Vollmer
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 ---
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 ---
A program to minimize the sustainability impacts of turf management (e.g., by installing low input turfgrass or environmentally preferable artificial turf) ---
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 ---

A brief description of the institution’s green athletics program:
A full list of Virginia Tech's LEED Certified buildings can be found here: https://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sustainability-programs/leed-certification-and-green-building-initiatives.html
The Football Locker Room facility was ranked LEED Silver in 2011. The Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility was ranked LEED Silver in 2015. More information can be found here: https://vt.edu/about/locations/buildings/indoor-athletic-training.html

The Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability runs the Game Day Green Team. During home football games, the student-run Green Tailgating team collects bottles and cans from tailgates and hands out blue recycling bags. The team also strives to build awareness around sustainability, recycling, and waste reduction through their efforts. More information on this program can be found here: https://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sustainability-programs/game-day-green-team.html#:~:text=During%20home%20football%20games%2C%20the,waste%20reduction%20through%20their%20efforts.

Blacksburg Transit, the bus system that services Virginia Tech and Blacksburg, runs modified routes on gamedays to get students and community members to a from the games to reduce single occupancy vehicle traffic. More information on Blacksburg Transit is available here: https://ridebt.org/routes-schedules There is also bike parking available surrounding the stadium, allowing students to bike if interested. The bike parking map is available here: https://parking.vt.edu/alternative/Bike.html

Website URL where information about the green athletics program is available:
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