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2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference set for June 25-26 at University of Washington

Apr 10, 2019
Third annual event to feature multiple tours and opening reception on Tuesday, June 25
along with day-long program of keynote speakers and breakout sessions on Wednesday, June 26
Registration and early-bird single and group rates available at
SEATTLE – Over two days from Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 26, the 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will take place at the University of Washington. As one of the key components of Pac-12 Team Green, the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will for the third-straight year feature a high-level symposium focused on elevating approaches and enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives and sharing best practices for transforming college sports into a platform for environmental progress. Full program details for the event have been formally announced and are available below.

Leading off the two-day event on Tuesday, June 25 will be several interactive tours taking place around the Seattle area. Tour opportunities will include a choice among a Husky Stadium sustainability tour, a Union Bay Natural Area canoe tour and a Seahawks CenturyLink Stadium tour. Following the tours, an opening night reception will be held at Husky Stadium featuring a keynote presentation from Roger McClendon, executive director for Green Sports Alliance.
More information, including single and group registration rates, are available at

Themes covered at the 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference
For the full daylong event on Wednesday, June 26, several themes and topics will be covered, including:
  • Pac-12 Team Green Annual Report | A Vision for the Future – Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and COO Jamie Zaninovich will provide a welcoming address to begin the day, discussing the current state and future of Pac-12 Team Green.
  • Media, Marketing and Money | Lessons Learned in Sports Sustainability Marketing – Featuring several leading experts from the field, Colorado’s Dave Newport, Learfield/IMG College’s Megan Eisenhard and Alaska Airlines’ Kirk Myers will discuss best practices related to the marketing of sports sustainability.  
  • Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge Awards Ceremony – Also one of the core pillars of Pac-12 Team Green, the Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge awards celebrate the promotion of sustainability efforts taking place on Pac-12 campuses with a competition each football and basketball season. Winners for the 2018 football season, announced in February 2019, will be honored during a special ceremony.
  • Student Athletes Driving Sustainable Leadership – In this special hour-long panel, student-athletes from Washington’s men’s rowing and Arizona’s women’s tennis programs will discuss how student-athletes can help drive and promote sustainable leadership practices.
  • Athletes Fireside Chat | Perspectives on Sustainability and Social Justice – As the final panel of the day, this hour-long discussion, delivered firsthand from athletes, will focus on a variety of topics related to sustainability and social justice.  
Breakout sessions – 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference
Following on its popularity at last year’s event, this year’s conference will also include a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day on Wednesday, June 26, covering topics such as:
  • Sports Sustainability Leaders Share How to Maximize Communication and Collaboration at Athletic Events
  • Best Performing Pac-12 Athletics Facilities: Spotlight on Energy and Operations Efficiencies
  • Integrating Athletics in Educational Curriculum & Engaging Students in Sustainability Research & Green Games
  • Achieving Zero Waste in Collegiate Sports Through Venue Reuse Efforts, Compostables and Waste Diversion
  • Fan Engagement and Marketing Sustainability Through Sport: Best Practices for Creating Campaigns with Impact
  • Delivering the Greatest Impact with Stakeholder Engagement, Materiality Matrix and Sustainability Assessments
Speakers to include:
  • Roger McClendon, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
  • Richard Gerstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Unifi
  • Megan Eisenhard, Vice President Campus+, Learfield/IMG College
  • Kirk Myers, Director of Sustainability, Alaska Airlines
  • Dave Newport, Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, Pac-12 Conference
Event Details:
The 2019 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will take place June 25-26 at the University of Washington. Registration is open online at Early-bird registration rates are available for single and group purchases, priced at $149 and $129 respectively.  Special rates for current Pac-12 member-university staff, faculty and students are available at $49 per ticket.
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 519 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​