Green Athletics

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For the first time, all home football games this season will be “Green Games,” with student volunteers helping fans recycle and compost as much waste as possible.
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This year, Green Athletics planned and executed several exciting projects, including an environmental literacy survey, a plant-based snack series, two Soles 4 Souls drives, a sustainable menstrual hygiene education series, and two divert-and-donate move out events.
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As the University works towards ambitious sustainability goals, Palmer Park provides a strong example of opportunities at the intersection of athletics, sustainability and fan engagement.
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UVA Green Game volunteers Oct 16-2021
Student volunteers helped divert 12,000 pounds of waste from going to the landfill on UVA's Green Game day October 16.
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Reducing Single-Use Plastics

The University of Virginia’s 2030 Sustainability Plan includes a goal to reduce the total amount of waste to 70% below 2010 levels by 2030. To achieve this, the University must significantly reduce materials used, including single-use plastics.

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Two female students on a clear day under a lamp post/street sign. The one on the left holds a plastic bag with a recycling symbol on it and the other holds a white poster sign, reading "Go Hoos" with the "o"s in "Hoos" replaced with green recycling symbols.
In previous years, the student-athlete run group focused on waste minimization efforts, but considering recent events, the Green Athletics group has prioritized tackling topics of intersectional sustainability, which advocate for both the protection of people and the planet. Read more for a detailed recap of the year!
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UVA student-athletes encourage fans to get involved with sustainability efforts underway in Athletics. Below are some easy ways fans can contribute to a “greener game day” whether tailgating, cheering from the stands, or watching from home.

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Sadey Rodriguez talks about how you can help the planet while cheering on the Hoos

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Hoos Life - Sadey Rodriguez Shares How She's Making an Impact on Virginia Athletics

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The Green Team Certification program engages UVA varsity Athletics teams to take action and increase accountability around team resource-use by implementing simple, sustainable changes that positively impact the team’s operation as a whole.