UW Today

August 26, 2013

Husky Stadium recognized as ‘Game Changer’ in sustainability

UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

The newly renovated Husky stadium is starting the fall season with a win for the environment. Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council featured Husky Stadium in its list of ten “Collegiate Game Changers”—University athletic programs that excel in green practices. A case study highlighting the stadium’s sustainable accomplishments is included in a report by the council.

Artist's rendering of the remodeled Husky Stadium

Artist’s rendering of the remodeled Husky Stadium

“The sustainability-focused renovation of Husky Stadium is only the beginning,” said Karen Baebler, assistant athletic director at UW. “We also plan to renovate our approach to green practices during games and in our operations.”

These green practices include a new energy tracking system; projects to conserve energy, water and paper; waste diversion initiatives (including 100 percent recyclable and compostable serviceware); and fan engagement programs to promote sustainability.

The University of Washington is home to 19 sports teams.

“The reach of Husky athletics is enormous,” said Claudia Frere, director of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability. “When you think of the thousands of fans who attend UW games, there’s a sense of responsibility to set the best example we can in our sustainability efforts. It’s a mission UW takes seriously.”

The University of Washington was recently ranked among the top environmentally-friendly schools in the United States by the Sierra Club and the Princeton Review.