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Green Panther Challenge

Green Panther Challenge


WHAT is it?

The Green Panther Challenge is a program through the Office of Sustainability Integration (OSI) and Athletics that seeks to engage student athletes and their fans by challenging them to up their practice of sustainability in sports.

Currently, efforts are focused on two main areas:

  1. Every team, under the leadership of their Green Liaison, brings color-coded bags for recycling and landfill waste, as well as a compost bucket on all bus/van trips.
  2. OSI and Athletics host department-wide events throughout the year that aim to engage fans in helping them learn how to properly sort their waste into recycling, landfill and compost. Green Liaisons and student athlete volunteers work together at Perfect Sort Gamedays to educate fans.

WHO does it?

Here’s the breakdown of who does what in the Green Panther Challenge:

  • Athletes work together as a team to address each year’s theme and participate in OSI/Athletics-sponsored events to engage the community
  • Green Liaisons are appointed team leaders and are responsible for relaying information between OSI and their teammates. Green Liaisons are also responsible for bringing a Bus Kit (compost bucket + recycling + trash bags) on every road trip and depositing the waste in the proper bins upon returning to the Athletic Center.
  • Coaches help guide their teams and support their Green Liaisons
  • Office of Sustainability Integration and Atheltics provide support and guidance for coaches, Green Liaisons and athletes.