Pac-12 Team Green: In-action
2019 Pac-12 Football Media Day
Loews Hotel - Hollywood, Calif.
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.
Food Donations in partnership with America's Second Harvest
Eco-friendly Inks and Papers
Energy Technologies including: Low-flow shower heads, compact fluorescent light Bulbs
Guest room recycling.
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.
2018 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship
Broadmoor Golf Club - 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 GoHuskies.com.
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.
- 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.
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