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University of Miami

Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12

Learn how ACC institutions leverage their academic and athletic strengths to green their gameday for people, planet and our collective future.

Sponsored by the ACC Sports Sustainability Team, the

2024 ACC Sports Sustainability Conference unites and magnifies the ACC’s winning traditions in sports sustainability.

Who's Invited

On The Agenda

All students, sustainability and athletic representatives from each ACC member institution are invited to attend. In addition, those interested in the intersection of sports, sustainability and higher education are warmly welcomed.

Conference Registration

Click here to register.

General Registration Ticket, $250.0

Student Registration Ticket, $50.00**

**Student tickets are available to current students and recent Spring 2024 graduates of ACC member schools. ACC students may also apply for a conference scholarship that will cover registration and/or on-campus housing.


Special consideration may be extended to non-ACC students who are interested in attending.


Please contact for questions regarding student registrations.

Hotel and Lodging Information

A limited number of rooms on campus will be made available to participants through the conference registration portal.

Alternatively, a short 10-minute walk away from the conference is the THesis Hotel. A hotel conference code will be provided with the confirmation of registration.


  • 5:00 - 8:00 PM: Conference Registration and Welcome Dinner Reception at Lakeside Village


  • 7:00 - 8:00 AM: Breakfast (Mohoney Pearson Dining Hall)

  • 8:30 - 9:​15 AM: Welcome by the University of Miami 

  • 9:15 - 10:00 AM: Developing a Winning Game Plan

    • Strategic Approaches and Alignment

    • Committees and Stakeholder Building​

  • 10:15 - 11:00 AM: From the Sidelines to Press Box

    • Communications and Storytelling Workshop​

    • Sports Sustainability 101

    • Tools/Tips/Tricks

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Hard Rock Stadium Sustainability 

    • LEED Gold Operations and Maintenance​

    • Climate Action Planning

    • Zero Waste Strategy

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch & Presentation 

  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM: Tour of Miami Hurricanes Basketball Training Facility

  • 2:15 - 5:00 PM: Leveraging Your Star Players 

    • Student Led Projects​

    • Student Leadership and Engagement

  • 6:30 - 8:00 PM: Optional Group Dinner


  • 7:00 - 8:00 AM: Breakfast (Mohoney Pearson Dining Hall)

  • 9:00 - 10:30 AM: How to Tackle Scope 3 Emissions 

    •  Travel Emissions

    • Procurement and Contracts

    • Plastics Reduction

  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Sports Sustainability Leadership Next Plays

    • Future Planning for Collegiate Sports Sustainability​

    • Conference Wrap-up

  • 12:00 - 1:15 PM: Networking Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:30 PM: Tour of Miami Heat's Kaseya Center by Sustainability Manager, Zach Ruiz (travel via Metro)​

Unless noted, all conference sessions will be held in Ungar 230E. 

2024 Conference Sponsorship


ACC Sports Sustainability Conference

Hosted by the University of Virginia June 21-23, 2023.




2022 Workshop Series

Gameday Experiences Workshop

Wednesday, October 19    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn how ACC institutions are greening their gameday to impact people, planet and future through innovative sports sustainability practices.


This virtual event will feature 3-minute lightning presentations from the University of Louisville, University of Miami, Syracuse University, University of Virginia and NC State University.


Topics will include sustainability-related activations, fan communications, tailgating, composting and more. Time for discussions and the opportunity to “bring your own problem” during breakout sessions will also occur.

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Duke Syracuse Basketball

2022 Workshop Series

Sports Sustainability and

Higher Education

Wednesday, June 22    1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Learn how higher education institutions are addressing climate change through sports. Sponsored by the ACC Sports Sustainability Team, this virtual event will feature Dr. Jonathan Casper of NC State University Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management speaking on sports sustainability research plus breakout sessions to explore:

  • How to start  a sports sustainability team on your campus
  • How to involve students and fans around sports sustainability
  • How you can access the ACC Sports Sustainability network and resources
  • Your best practices, resources and tips for sports sustainability

2020 Virtual Symposium

Due to COVID-19, the second annual ACC Sports Sustainability Conference was converted to a virtual symposium held on May 20-21, 2020.


2019 Sports Sustainability Conference

The first annual ACC Sports Sustainability Conference was held at North Carolina State University on June 2-4, 2019.

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