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10 Year and Beyond Timeline

  • 2021: Launch sustainable transportation campaign with Google called, Gears 4 Green

  • 2020: RGS worked within COVID fan parameters by distributing weekly Sustainble Gameday Packs with Ball aluminum cups and Eco-Products food ware.

  • 2019: CU Athletics signs the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework. CU Athletics and RGS partner with Ball Corporation to introduce a new, infinitely recyclable aluminum cup in Folsom Stadium. Athletics Director Rick George commits to a single-use plastic-free Athletics program in 2020 and convenes the RGS Strategic Task Force to set the next decades' strategy for sustainability in CU Athletics

  • 2018: CU Athletics Partners with Solaroo Energy and launches Buffs Community Solar, offering discounts to residential solar installations

  • 2017: RGS partners with Google to engage fans where a new B-Cycle docking station should be built. RGS hosts a nationwide Sports Sustainability Think Camp to create a Fan Engagement Playbook used to influence fans toward more sustainable actions at home, work and play

  • 2016: RGS establishes three new conservation programs, each the first of its kind: a car-free, Zero Waste Tailgate in partnership with Ball Corporation on Franklin Field, Wells Fargo Foundation joins RGS to kick off Water for the West, a campaign to reduce water use in Athletics and restore water inputs to the Colorado River Basin, and finally, FLOWS - Foundations for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability. In partnership with Wells Fargo and Koehler, FLOWS students installed low-flow plumbing fixtures in hundreds of Boulder low-income homes to help offset CU water use. The Champion’s Center is completed and, along with the Dal Ward Center renovation, achieve LEED Platinum awards. The construction of the Indoor Practice Facility marks the first net-zero energy athletics facility in the NCAA, adding 2 MW of on-site solar energy generation and another LEED Platinum facility to CUAD, bringing the total to four just in Athletics 

  • 2015: RGS partners with sponsor PepsiCo Recycling to create the Bring Your Bottle Back to Life campaign to promote a circular materials economy. CU begins operation of the new Grounds Recycling and Operations Center to provide processing of recyclable materials on campus

  • 2014: BASF extends sponsorship to expand Zero Waste to the CU Events Center, bringing basketball and volleyball into the fold as Zero Waste events

  • 2013: RGS and CU Facilities Management create a plan to reduce the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in CU landscaping and turf management

  • 2012: The addition of a new practice facility for basketball and volleyball becomes the first LEED certified Athletics facility at CU, earning LEED Platinum

  • 2011: RGS earns a top ranking in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge. CU becomes a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance, leading a wave of environmentalism in the sports industry

  • 2010: RGS ushers in new partners Eco-Products and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Eco-Products supplies compostable cookware to phase-out plastics from Folsom Stadium and CU Events Center. The CU Environmental Center and Student Government partners with Native Energy to fund renewable energy and carbon offset projects sufficient to offset CU Athletics’ and student government’s carbon footprint

  • 2009: BASF joins as a founding sponsor of RGS, supplying compostable trash bags to expand and enhance Zero Waste efforts

  • 2008: With the support of White Wave Foods, recycling collection begins at CU Football Games and Ralphie’s Green Stampede is founded as the first NCAA D1 sports sustainability program, rolling out a Folsom Field zero waste program