Published: Oct. 7, 2016 By

Students help fans sort their recyclables and compostables at a CU football game.As a leader in sustainability practices and fan engagement in athletics, CU Boulder was one of two campuses recognized at the inaugural Green Sports Day with an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, Oct. 6. Dave Newport, director of the CU Environmental Center, attended.

Including remarks by President Obama, the event honored various sports teams, venues, leagues, schools and organizations around the country that are taking on new actions to tackle climate change through sports.

CU Boulder already holds zero-waste athletic events and is home to sustainably built and operated athletic facilities, among other initiatives. Announced on Green Sports Day, CU Boulder is partnering with the Green Sports Alliance to launch the College Sports Water Resiliency Challenge. The challenge invites college presidents, chancellors and athletic directors to pledge ambitious water-resilience goals for their campus sports programs.

In addition, the Pac-12 Conference with its member universities affirmed its continued leadership efforts to promote sustainability through college sports.

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