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Pac-12 Team Green: In-action

Sep 13, 2018

2020 Pac-12 Basketball Tournaments

Mandalay Bay Events Center & T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.

2020 Pac-12 Tournament hydration station

During the 2020 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments in Las Vegas, Team Green was in action throughout both events. Though the men’s tournament was cut short due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, even the one day of competition at T-Mobile Arena, as well as all four days of action at Mandalay Bay Events Center for the women’s tournament, provided a message of sustainability throughout the onsite fan experience.


  • Team Green Hydration Challenge – As with previous Pac-12 events, fans could fill water bottles at no cost for the “Hydration Challenge.” With every fill-up made, fans were able to select their favorite team to compete via a leaderboard that helped gamify offsetting landfills with single-use bottles. Also, for every water bottle filled, the “Fill it Forward” initiative donated clean water to those in need.
  • On Court Sorting Competition – In between game action, fans along with university bands competed on the court by sorting trash and choosing whether to recycle, compost or send items to landfills. The spoiler of the competition was all trash used in the games was either recyclable or compostable, so the earth was the real winner!
  • Pac-12 Care Kits – Also with the help of university bands, the groups competed to see which band can create the most “Pac-12 Care Kits” in 60 seconds during breaks in game action. Overall, 658 care kits were created and later donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, providing basic essentials to those in need throughout the local Las Vegas community.
  • Strong Partner with MGM – Throughout each tournament week, the Pac-12 is proud to partner with MGM Resorts and its various brands on a shared focus of embracing humanity and protecting the planet through social responsibility initiatives.

2020 Pac-12 Tournament activation with student

2020 Pac-12 Tournament activation with student

2020 Pac-12 Tournament activation with student

2020 Pac-12 Tournament activation with student

2019 Pac-12 Football Media Day

Loews Hotel - Hollywood, Calif.

For the fifth-straight year, the Pac-12's annual kickoff to football season took place at Loews Hollywood & Highland complex, featuring LEED-certified buildings that fully embrace the responsibility as environmental stewards. In addition to work done in 2018, the 2019 event featured additional sustainability efforts, including:
— Team Green Hydration Challenge - In addition to no plastic water bottles being distributed during the event, the Pac-12 hosted a hydration challenge where guests received a reusable water bottle with a UPC code that could be scanned whenever refilling at a hydration station. The challenge allowed for members of the Pac-12 North to compete against the Pac-12 South. More information on the challenge is available here, via Matt Wittek of Cupanion & Fill it Forward Initiative. 
— Pac-12 Team Green Tree - Guests were encouraged to add to the Pac-12 Team Green Tree by filling out a leaf with their commitment to sustainability. 
— Food Waste Diversion - All food served at the event was sustainably grown while any leftovers were donated to Chef’s End to Hunger.
— Sustainble Products - All plateware, flatware and utensils for food and beverage were reusable. In addition, reusable and digital signage was utilized when available.
— Digital vs. Print - All Pac-12 Football Media Guides were provided via USB jump drives, saving on printing of thousands of pieces of paper. In addition, all hired staff for the event completed their paperwork digitally vs. via printed materials. 
—Unifi & REPREVE - Unifi, a partner of Pac-12 Team Green, provided an on-site pressence with an informational booth to educate guests on the company's work with REPREVE

2018 Pac-12 Football Media Day

Loews Hotel - Hollywood, Calif.

The Pac-12 returned its football kickoff event to Loews Hollywood & Highland for its third year in 2018. Loews and the Hollywood & Highland complex are both LEED-certified buildings and fully embrace the responsibility as environmental stewards.
(Following information from Loews Hotels)
Loews Hotels believes in developing sustainable practices as a leader in the industry. Loews is thoroughly committed to reducing its environmental impact by actively participating in standards that are in harmony with the earth’s natural resources and direction through our partnership with ENERGY STAR and other green initiatives.
Loews Green Hotel Standards and Practices Include:
  • Food Donations in partnership with America's Second Harvest
  • Linen/terry policy
  • Banquet/back-of-house recycling
  • Eco-friendly Inks and Papers
  • Energy Technologies including: Low-flow shower heads, compact fluorescent light Bulbs
  • Green Training
  • Green Teams
In Addition:  
All Loews Hotels publish seasonal menus that feature seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be bought locally.  In room service, lounges, bars, banquet rooms and restaurants, including pool restaurants, only reusable linen, dishware and silverware are used. Recycled products used at every Loews Hotel include cocktail napkins and Loews On The Go cups.
Energy-saving measures in our kitchens include monitoring and logging fridge and freezer temperature controls daily with outside audit performed twice yearly to ensure.
Loews Hotels is proud to be a member of the Greens Meetings Industry Council.
And at participating Loews Hotels & Resorts...
  • Guest room recycling.
  • TV checkout.
  • Water reduction efforts to include tap controls, water reuse/water reclamation, metering and sub-metering and sewage credits.
  • Laundry planning/production planning with reusable dry-cleaning bags, re-usable detergent barrels and microprocessor-controlled wash wheels.
  • Environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • During evening turndown service, minimal lights left on in guest room.
  • Temperature adjustments when guest is out of guest room.
  • Guest sensors for in/out of room.
  • Banquet and dining space temperature adjustments after hours.
  • Ice water by request only.
Beyond what the properties do to be green, the Pac-12 Football Media Day event included reusable totes for all guests, rollups (linens) vs. disposable utensils, real plates vs. paper, and fabric pole signage that can be reused. Reusable water bottles were distributed to guests and water stations were peppered throughout the event so as not to use water bottles.  Media members received digital versions of media guides on USB drives, saving thousands of sheets of paper and printing ink.  All the the leftover food was also donated to America's Second Harvest.  The Pac-12 partnered with San Francisco based clothing brand Marine Layer and outfitted all of the event staff with sustainable tees that are made from a custom fabric that is a blend of two yarns (50% supima cotton and 50% micromodal). Modal comes from recycled beech wood, which is a natural and sustainable source of raw material. Marine Layers products are made in the US by adults.

2018 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship

Broadmoor Golf Club - Seattle, Wash.

Hosted by the University of Washington, the 2018 Pac-12 Championship for Women's Golf took place at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. 
Woodmark Hotel, the host hotel, was chosen in part because it is part of the Destination Hotel brand. The Destination Earth® task force is comprised of leaders throughout the organization to ensure that all departments and associates of Destination Hotels are personally involved and committed to the program. Each of the Pac-12's eco-friendly hotels selected for the 2017-18 season developed a designated "green team" on site and made a commitment to pursuing:​
  • Sourcing environmentally‐responsible services and products and purchasing organic, environmentally‐friendly and recycled supplies whenever possible.
  • Purchasing fresh and sustainable, locally grown food, whenever possible.
  • Partnerships with other organizations that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the environment.
  • Practies to lead the event and Conference's associates to apply eco‐friendly practices in their daily operations.
  • Reducing the environmental impact by utilizing environmentally-responsible building materials and strategies for new properties and renovations.
  • Implementing tools that allow the Pac-12 and its universities to continually measure the progress of individual properties and support their commitment to preserving the environment through the Destination Earth® program.

In addition, Fisherman's Restaurant was the site for the event's welcome dinner and was chosen in part due to its practices of:

  • Buying local fruits and vegetables from Sound Sustainable produce who utilize the compost collected from their restaurant on Pier 57. 
  • Practicing sustainable fishing techniques.
  • Its chefs participate in Smart Catch program, a pilot program that helps chefs buy seafood that is environmentally friendly and helps consumers support it.
  • Its Fisherman's Terminal - The Port of Seattle put solar panels on a Fishermen’s Terminal net-shed as part of a broader push to boost the green credentials of waterfront and airport operations.Those efforts are outlined in an “energy and sustainability” directive that the five Port commissioners unanimously approved in 2018. The measure called for more renewable energy as well as stepping up scrutiny of the environmental impact of new projects. The goal is to become the greenest, most energy-efficient Port in the nation, as well as carbon neutral.  For more information see here.

More reasons why the Broadmoor Golf Club was chosen include: 

  • Being a supporter of the First Green of Washington, an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs, only program of its kind in the world.
  • Its food and beverage offerings included: used real silverware, plates and linens vs. disposable plates, utensils and paper napkins, source products locally, participate in compost programs. 
  • Utilized compost from their kitchen and grounds to grow fresh herbs, in addition to using it to landscape their course.

More information on the University of Washington's greening intiatives can be found here on  

Pac-12 Headquarters in San Francisco

The Pac-12's home in San Francisco, managed by Kilroy Realty, will achieve carbon neutral operations by the end of 2020.

360 3rd St.This means:

  • A combination of onsite energy efficiency work and a large offsite solar facility will entirely offset the energy consumption of the building.

This is important because:

  • Buildings represent roughly 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, so the work we do to reduce energy consumption has a big impact on the grid and environment as a whole.