Launch of "Pac-12 Team Green" announced
First-of-its-kind collegiate athletics conference sustainability platform to promote
greening efforts taking place on and around the Conference’s member campuses
Unifi also announced as founding sustainability partner of Pac-12 Team Green
BOULDER, Colo. – Earlier today during the 2018 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Pac-12 officially announced the launch of Pac-12 Team Green. The new sustainability platform, a first-of-its-kind in collegiate athletics, will promote all of the greening and sustainability efforts taking place on and around the Conference and all 12 of its member universities. In conjunction with the launch of the platform, the Conference also announced Unifi, one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers, as the founding sustainability partner of Pac-12 Team Green.
“We are thrilled to officially launch our first-of-its-kind Pac-12 Team Green platform,” said Jamie Zaninovich, Pac-12 deputy commissioner and chief operating officer. “Our schools have been leading the way across the collegiate sports scene with their sustainability efforts and we look forward to leveraging our ‘power of 12’ philosophy to further promote and enhance these efforts as they continue to raise the bar even higher.”
While Pac-12 campuses have previously been executing sustainability programs, all such efforts will form the foundation of Pac-12 Team Green. Key components of the platform include:
Pac-12 Sustainability Conference – The high-level symposium, also a first of its kind among collegiate athletics, signals an elevated approach to enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives, and sharing best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress. Details for the 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference were also announced earlier today, with the event to take place June 25-26, 2019 at the University of Washington. More information is available at Pac-12.com/sustainability.
Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition – The competition encourages Pac-12 campuses to move towards zero waste and develop innovative best practices through reuse, recycling and composting or by working with partners to drive impactful changes.
Pac-12 Sustainability Working Group – Composed of one representative on each Pac-12 campus from both athletics and sustainability, this group works together to both share best practices and provide guidance to the Conference as to how Pac-12 campus leaders can work collectively to advance sustainability goals at its universities, during Pac-12 Championships and to advance the thought leadership of the Conference nationally.
The launch of Pac-12 Team Green further cements the Pac-12’s commitment to an elevated approach with enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives and sharing best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 52 of the last 58 years, with 513 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities - the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to www.pac-12.com/conference.
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