– The Pac-12 Conference office announced today that it has officially joined the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), following the lead of the conference's 12 institutions, which were already members of GSA. The Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to count all its members as GSA participants.
As members of the GSA, the Conference and university athletics programs have committed to measure their environmental performance, develop strategies and goals to reduce their footprint, monitor progress, and engage fans and communities in the process. Most significantly, the Pac-12 and its members will support one another, and additional GSA members, in their sports greening efforts.
"Our member universities have shown great leadership to minimize their athletics departments' negative impact on the environment, and promote green habits to their fans and campuses at large," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "We as a Conference are thrilled to join the Alliance as we continue to push college sports in a modern, global, and progressive direction."
From zero-waste stadiums, to solar powered arenas, to robust student-led green teams, Pac-12 universities are genuine leaders in college sports greening. Spurred by their common membership in the GSA, Pac-12 universities also recently completed the inaugural 'Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge'. This first-of-its-kind, conference-wide activation was self-organized by Pac-12 members with the support of the GSA.
"Membership in the GSA already provides access to a unique network of sports industry experts to inspire and support greening program advancement," said Dave Newport, Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance and Environmental Center Director at the University of Colorado Boulder.