Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit 2014 is heading to the Rockies
June 25-27, 2014  |  Folsom Field, University of Colorado Boulder  |  Boulder, Colorado

Join the Summit!

Athletic Director, Gene Smith, The Ohio State University, providing the 2013 keynote at the Athletic Directors Workshop

Welcome to the fourth annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit! This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to make investments into programs and activities that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

Through the Summit, we strive to create an open, equal platform for inter-departmental collaboration. Representatives from student groups and athletic, recreation, sustainability, facilities, food service, and recycling departments are welcome.


This year’s agenda is thoughtfully designed to bring together collegiate athletics staff, campus recreational managers, sustainability professionals, and recycling/facility managers together to identify ways to achieve common campus sustainability goals through sports and athletics, save money, foster better inter-departmental relationships, and increase recognition for your institution’s efforts.

The Summit features engaging speakers with real world experience in how to achieve economic and environmental results by going green in collegiate sports. The agenda also emphasizes opportunities to share and network through roundtables and informal meetings in a relaxed setting.


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Questions about the Summit?

If you have any questions about the Summit or want to get involved in planning the Summit, please contact: Ms. Suganthi Simon at the U.S. EPA, 404-562-9384.

Support the Summit

Want to get involved in supporting the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit? Please visit our Sponsor Page for more information and contact Tim Trefzer for available sponsorship opportunities.

  • Testimonials
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    The Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit provided an excellent opportunity to learn, share, and network as well as expand the discussion of the valuable platform of sports in a collegiate environment. Sharing ideas among athletic, recreation, and sustainability colleagues helps create partnerships and collaborations that take advantage of the unique external window of collegiate sports as well as the internal activation through recreation, campus sports, and student engagement. Mick Deluca, Executive Director, Recreation and Campus Life, UCLA; NIRSA Past President
    As someone that is new to the world of Sport Sustainability, I found the Summit to be invaluable! The collaboration and connections made with individuals in other athletics departments, campus physical plants, and campus offices of sustainability helped me come back to my campus and get a plan in place for major change. I am already planning on attending the Summit again and will certainly be bringing more individuals from my campus with me. Kristine Fowler, Associate Athletic Director, Indiana University
    We found our attendance at the Summit to be a great help in focusing our sustainability efforts to achieve our Athletic goals and objectives. Sharing ideas with peer athletic departments and sustainability staff members has been a great help in improving our daily facility operations and game day and event preparations to reduce waste and save money. Jeff Steele, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities & Operations, Auburn University
    The Summit provided a fruitful opportunity for us to learn about successes, take note of hurdles, and gain valuable insight and validation for some of our new programs. This was very helpful to us at Davidson College, a highly selective liberal arts college with 25% of our students participating in 21 division 1 sports and many, many more involved in intramural and club sports. In addition to facilities and >supply chain issues, we were able to learn from shared experiences about behavior change and human engagement techniques, which are so important for sustainability in sports. Jeff Middlestadt, Director of Sustainability, Davidson College
  • Summit History

    2013: The third annual summit, hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Summit attracted over 115 attendees from over 45 different colleges and universities. Featured speakers from 2013 included: Gene Smith, Athletic Director, The Ohio State University; Tim Hickman, Associate Athletic Director, University of Missouri; Mick Deluca, Director of Campus Recreation, University of California Los Angeles; Stephanie Sims, Implementation Coordinator, University of Florida.

    2012: The 2012 Summit attracted representatives from over 20 colleges and universities. Some featured speakers from 2012 included: Fabian DeGarbo, Sustainability Director, ESPN; Jeff Steele, Associate Athletic Director, Auburn University; and, Corey Hawkey, Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University.

    2011: The inaugural, Southeast-focused summit laid the foundation for a nation-wide discussion on collegiate athletic sustainability initiatives.

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