Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.27
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
IN-16: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 0.50 Kimberly Hodge
Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education
Student Affairs
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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 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 No
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:

We have had zero waste athletic events, generally on days when there are several events happening at once, or when it's a large event weekend, like Parents' Weekend. Additionally, the commentators make regular announcements during the games to inform fans about our recycling practices.

This school year, the Associate Professor of PE worked with community-based program, COREworks (COREworks mission is to accelerate local earth care actions through operation of an innovative carbon offset marketplace) to develop a fundraising plan that would have essentially raised enough finds to offset our carbon emissions for Athletics team travel, but coaches were uncomfortable asking athletes to raise money. So, instead Athletics pivoted to participating in earth actions as a way to raise awareness for COREworks and volunteer towards projects that generate quantifiable emission-reduction offsets, verified as metric tons of carbon emissions equivalent (MTCO2eq) prevented or sequestered. This program does not seem to fall into any of the categories listed above, but we think it is a program worth mentioning in the notes section.

We also use LED lights on our soccer field.


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