COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the United Nations and four Power Five athletics programs are leading the charge on climate change in collegiate athletics. Gene Smith – Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director for The Ohio State University – joins Rick George (Athletic Director, University of Colorado), John Currie (Athletic Director, Wake Forest) and Blake James (Athletic Director, University of Miami), in signing the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Sports for Climate Action Framework.
Globally over 120 athletics programs such as the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, the NY Yankees, the NY Mets, the Golden State Warriors and the NBA have committed to the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework. In the U.S., the University of Colorado Boulder was the first collegiate sports program to sign on. Now, The Ohio State University, Wake Forest University and the University of Miami are committing too.
Gene Smith has championed the Ohio State Sustainability Goals, established in 2015 by the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability, of which Smith is a member.
Sustainability Highlights Include:
- 2013 Football Game Day Recycling Challenge National Diversion Champions
- 2019 RecycleMania Basketball Game Day National Diversion Champions
- 2020 RecycleMania Basketball Game Day National Diversion Champions
- 2020 NACDA Sustainability Award winners
- 2020 Launched LEAFS (Leadership of Environmental Athletes for Sustainability)
- 5 USGBC LEED certified athletic facilities/projects
By signing the Sports for Climate Action Framework, the Ohio State Department of Athletics has committed to the following:
- Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
- Reduce overall climate impact
- Educate for climate action
- Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
- Advocate for climate action through communication
The goal of the webinar is to bring together campus sustainability personnel with their athletics counterparts to better advance campus goals, increase each campus’s leadership, respond to student/community preferences for sustainable college sports and showcase revenue opportunities resulting from these actions.
The webinar is presented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Meghan Fay Zahniser, the Executive Director of AASHE, will host the program.
The webinar is free and open to the public. Register with AASHE here.
AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.
About the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
The U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework has two overarching objectives: to achieve a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change and to leverage sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens. Signatories of the framework commit to five core principles: undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility; reducing overall climate impact; educating for climate action; promoting sustainable and responsible consumption; and advocating for climate action through communication.