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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
IN-4: Green Athletics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Richard Mylin
Director
Sports Facilities/Recreation
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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 Yes
A sustainable food and beverage purchasing program that includes athletic event vendors and concessions No
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:

In 2017 UC San Diego's Recreation Department (formerly split in two between Recreation and Sports Facilities, but they were merged in 2018) began a sustainability program that included a first-ever series of zero waste basketball games; a CalRecycle grant to do a waste audit and provide new recycling bins and signage in Rec facilities; composting of food vendor scraps and landscaping waste in Earth Cubes; a green cleaning audit and program with WAXIE; and water conservation efforts (including on sports fields) in partnership with Facilities Management. While the 2018 merger of Sports Facilities and Recreation has slowed the program down some, it continues and we anticipate it being reinvigorated when all merger activities are complete.

The campus' RIMAC arena, the main venue for holding NCAA sports events is LEED O&M Silver certified. https://www.usgbc.org/projects/ucsd-rimac?view=overview


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.