Athletics is a valuable part of the Amherst community, however, there are many unsustainable practices engrained in the setup of collegigate sports and competition. We believe that athletics should be both enjoyable and sustainable. Amherst is attempting at reducing the ecological impact athletics has on the world. We are dedicated to "implementing programs and projects that last well beyond the final tally on a scoreboard" (NCAA.org).
Established in 2015, Amherst Athletics has student run athletic commitee working on making athletics at Amherst more sustainable. Representatives from many of the varsity and club teams on campus are working together to make athletics and exercising a more green atmosphere.
If you want to help or more information, contact the student leaders, Emery Sorvino at firstname.lastname@example.org and Haley McAtee at email@example.com.
Earth Day Field Day
On Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd, 2017, Green Athletics will be having a field day on Valentine Quad to celebrate the planet and raise environmental awareness. Games wills focus on a specific environmental theme. Students who visit all stations will win a Green Athletics prize.
Green Homecoming 2016
At each year's Homecoming tailgate, hundreds of students, parents, and alumni produce tons of waste. There is food that does not get eaten or composted, bottles and cans that do not get recycled, and plastic cups scattered across the ground.
Working with the Parents and Alumni Programs and the Facilities department, Green Athletics worked to address this problem and reduce waste at the homecoming tailgate. We provided more opportunities for composting and recycling and provided students and alumni with reusable cups. We hope to build upon our first sustainable homecoming in upcoming years.
Giving Life to Old Shoes!
Green Athletics has partnered with Rerun Shoes to donate and reuse old shoes. Started in 2009, Rerun Shoes was created to help people in the United States and in other parts of the world in many different ways. Used shoes are donated and then collected to be sent to children and families in the neediest nations. The shoes that are donated to Rerun also provide opportunities to micro-businesses throughout the African continent. We have collected a lot of shoes since we set up the collection bins in Fall 2015.
If you want to donate your shoes, the donation bins are located in the lobby of the entrance to the gym!
Recycling Tennis Balls
Every wonder what happens when you throw out an old tennis ball? Tennis balls have materials in them that prevent them from being conventionally recycled. Over 300 million tennis balls are produced per year, which creates about 18,750 tons of non-biodegradable landfill waste.
Amherst Athletics and the Office of Environmental Sustainability have paired up with two organizations, “Project Green Ball” and “reBounces.” These organizations are devoted to finding ways to recycle tennis balls in a sustainable manner. An Example of a current project “Project Green Ball” is working on is using tennis balls to create tennis ball based equestrian turfs and other sports surfaces.
Please help Amherst and the Earth by recycling your tennis balls. If you're done using your tennis balls, please place them in the "AD-IN" bins to be reused and repurposed. Happy Recycling and Go Amherst!
2016 Eco Games: Green is the New Purp
In Spring 2016, Green Athletics launced the first round of "Eco Games." Eco Games were held at Amherst club, intramural and varisty team home games. Not only are they are held to help cheer on our Amherst teams during their games, but are also an opportunity for people to support and learn more about sustainaiblity in athletics at Amherst. They are also a cool opportunities to support the local environment and get a chance to get some Amherst Green Athletics swag! #GreenistheNewPurp