CU Athletics Wants Water Back in the Colorado

Boulder Weekly
By Molly Putzig

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, seen here in 2008, is a focus of restoration efforts. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Mehlführer

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, seen here in 2008, is a focus of restoration efforts. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Mehlführer

Every year the University of Colorado Boulder athletic department, CU Athletics, uses 12 million gallons of water in the locker rooms, keeping the fields green and at sporting events. This year they decided to do something about it.

CU Athletics and The CU Environmental Center teamed up to save 11 million gallons of water, restoring it to the dwindling Colorado River.

CU Boulder’s campaign, Water for the West, is part of a bigger initiative called Change the Course that’s already restored almost 5 billion gallons to depleted rivers around the nation.

Change the Course began in 2011 when a freshwater fellow at National Geographic, Sandra Postel, began brainstorming with then vice president of Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) water stewardship program, Todd Reeve, to facilitate hands-on water conservation. They started by getting the public involved in conserving the Colorado River, which starts in the Rocky Mountains at La Poudre Pass and ends in the Gulf of California between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico.

The Colorado supplies drinking water, food, energy, recreation and work for 30 million Americans, according to Change the Course, but it’s so depleted that many years it no longer reaches the sea.

Change the Course asked people to pledge to eat less meat, buy less stuff, recycle more and generally use less water. For every pledge, they promised to restore 1,000 gallons to the Colorado River basin.

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Keep it Shiny & Sustainable (KiSS) to debut at Misano World Circuit September 9-11, 2016

Press release by KiSS Misano World CircuitEnvironmental and social sustainability will be among the most relevant ingredients for the success of the Gran Premio TIM San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, the 13th round of the 2016 World Motorcycling Championship due to be held at Misano World Circuit (Misano Adriatico, Rimini) on September 9-11, 2016.

The circuit named after Marco Simoncelli is going to organize for the first time the KiSS Misano-Keep it Shiny and Sustainable programme, a number of initiatives aiming to make spectators, teams and riders more aware of the importance of good practices with regard to environmental and social sustainability in motorcycling events.

Misano World Circuit promotes a culture of sustainability, furthermore it looks to mobility with care. During the MotoGP event this approach is fully shared with the event’s promoters.

In view of the Grand Prix a communication plan will be prepared to invite spectators and fans to come to the circuit by using public means of transportation, car pooling, bicycles. Thanks to agreements between the circuit and a series of public and private transport operators, the public will also be offered the chance to benefit from incentives and facilitations with regard to trains, shuttle bus, taxi. The traffic management plan, especially concerning traffic inflows and outflows, has been expanded in 2016 and it now covers a 100 km circle area (from 50 km until 2015) around the circuit, with the indication of specific routes depending on the ticket you own.

In addition there are initiatives to facilitate access for persons with disabilities. In particular, close to the circuit accesses you can find disabled-accessible car parking spaces. Detailed information about that will be included in the information materials of the KiSS Misano programme.

Another key issue for KiSS Misano is about encouraging spectators and fans to waste sorting, in order to keep the circuit clean, stop littering and stop food waste. Across the circuit, also in the paddock and mainly close to food and beverage outdoor shops, sorted waste collection points will be organized, including used batteries bins. Furthermore, cooking oil collection service will be provided in the paddock area and the hospitalities.

Read the full press release here.

Photo from KiSS Misano

Photo from KiSS Misano/Twitter

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Austin Huns Rugby Partner with Green Sports Alliance

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The Austin Huns are proud to announce a new partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, an internationally acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to leveraging the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The partnership makes Austin Huns the first rugby club in the world to join the Green Sports Alliance.

“We are very honored to be a part of such a reputable organization,” said Huns Rugby Management Owner, Richard Osborn. The Austin Huns are committed to being trailblazers for the city of Austin, TX by advancing sustainability efforts including the designing and building of greener buildings, developing and deploying smart infrastructure, and the engaging and influencing of fan behavior. These projects will save money, which the team can then reinvest and use to expand community programs and other club initiatives.

“The Alliance is thrilled to have the Austin Huns, our first rugby team, join our membership,” said Justin Zeulner, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. “With the Austin Huns taking the initiative to make strides in greening their organization and operations, we hope the entire rugby industry will follow their lead towards advancing the sports greening movement.”

The Austin Huns are very active in the Austin community. Beginning this past May 2016, the Huns partnered with the Austin Police Department to create the CARY/APD Summer Program for Rugby. The program featured multiple rugby sessions with dozens of participants each session. The club sponsors a blood drive for Central Texas Blood and Tissue Center, in the form of a rugby tournament. “Bloodfest” features over 70 teams from around the nation and is held as an awareness campaign for the growing need for blood donations. The Austin Huns also sponsor blood drives throughout the Austin area.

The Austin Huns join a prestigious group of Green Sports Alliance members that represent over 370 teams, venues, events and universities across 20 leagues in 14 countries. Some of their members include the Superbowl Champion Denver Broncos, World Series winners Kansas City Royals, MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers, and NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.  Stantec (formerly Bury, Inc.) and the Huns will work closely on designing and building the first Rugby Complex in Texas, incorporating the Green Sports Alliance’s better practices for sustainable design and operations. The Austin Huns hope to set a new standard for environmental performance and sustainability for sports arenas and will work as sustainability ambassadors in the rugby community and broader sports world.  With these goals in mind, the Austin Huns and Green Sports Alliance will demonstrate the impact strong partnerships can have in creating healthy, sustainable communities.

Read the full press release here.

Click here to learn more about membership with the Green Sports Alliance.

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