Published: April 24, 2018
Inside of the Athletics' Indoor Practice Facility

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the cost of the tour and starting location for those meeting the group on campus.

Rocky Mountain Green and the Green Schools Conference will host a workshop, Running with Ralphie's Green Stampede, on campus about CU Boulder's LEED platinum-certified net-zero energy Indoor Practice Facility and Training Center.

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: Running with Ralphie's Green Stampede workshop
When: Wednesday, May 2
Where: Main Campus
Cost: $100; students and young professionals use code "WKPEP18" to attend for $35.

Tour will start around 2 p.m. at the statue at the Champion Center main entrance and will go until 5 p.m.

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In 2005 the University of Colorado added a requirement to the campus building code that all new university buildings must be LEED certified. The Athletics department’s newest development, completed in February 2016, was no exception, reaching LEED platinum certification.

The complex is the 19th building on campus to earn LEED certification. It consists of two new builds and one retrofit—the Champions Center, Indoor Practice Facility and Dal Ward Athletics Center.

CU Athletics demonstrates their commitment to sustainability via their green buildings and operations. These ways of doing  business are then promoted to fans through a program called Ralphie's Green Stampede, which asks that fans follow the Buffs' lead by adopting sustainable behaviors at home, work and play.

The tour will start around 2 p.m. at the statue at the Champion Center main entrance and will go until 5 p.m. Those meeting on campus will still need to register here. Cost is $100, though students and young professionals can use code "WKPEP18" to attend the tour at a discounted rate of $35.

For those in the Denver area, transportation will be provided to and from the workshop destination, picking up and dropping off at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

Learning objectives

  • Experience the emerging field of sports sustainability including unique marketing opportunities, such as a zero-waste, car-free, no-pesticide tailgate zone.
  • Understand renewable energy production: building vs. baselining for net-zero buildings.
  • Identify outdoor water use reduction through water-delivery technologies and other turf management principles and balancing water use with water restoration certificates.
  • Learn about the unique challenges that universities face in accessing incentives, particularly for renewable energy.


  • Dave Newport, Director, CU Environmental Center
  • Joe Plaskett, Construction Executive, Mortenson
  • Rachel Stonecypher, Capital Project Manager at CU