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The 2023 ACC Sports Sustainability Conference will be hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia from June 21-23, 2023. 

This conference is an opportunity to cultivate the collective strengths and expertise of ACC member institutions to create and promote innovative sports sustainability practices in the ACC. It is designed for representatives of athletics, sustainability, facilities departments, faculty and students from each ACC member school, though people outside of the ACC are welcome to register.

Registration closes Sunday, June 4


*This agenda is still evolving and subject to change.




5:00 - 8:00 PM   

Conference Registration and Welcome Dinner (Kardinal Hall)




8:00 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 11:00 AM

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 1:15 PM

1:45 - 3:00 PM

3:30 - 5:15 PM

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Conference Registration, Light Breakfast and Networking (Scott Stadium Recruit Room)

Welcome by UVA Athletics

Session I: Future of Zero Waste Games

Topics of Discussion:

  • Concessions and Pouring Rights Contracts, Materials

  • Composting and Waste

  • Sponsorship, Activation and Fan Engagement

Tour of Scott Stadium

Lunch and Presentation on Fan Engagement Research

Tour of Main Athletics Precinct

Session II: Sustainable Athletic Operations

Topics of Discussion:

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • New Construction/Major Renovations

  • Construction Waste

Optional Group Dinner (Fry's Spring Station)​




9:00 - 9:30 AM

9:45 - 11:00 AM




11:15 AM- 12:30 PM





12:45 - 1:45 PM

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Light Breakfast and Networking (UVA Rotunda Stairs)

Session III: Student Leadership (Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall)

Topics of Discussion:

  • Student Engagement

  • Channeling the Power of Student-Athletes

Session IV: Future Planning and Conference Close​

Topics of Discussion:

  • Future Plans and Initiatives for the Team

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conference Wrap-up

Networking Lunch​

On Grounds Sustainability Tours

  • Tour Option 1: Main Library Renovation

  • Tour Option 2: The Rotunda

Conference Pricing:

Standard Ticket: $225/ person

Student Rate*: $50/ student

*Student rates are for current undergraduate or graduate students attending an ACC institution only.

Conference Lodging:

Graduate Charlottesville Hotel:


University of Virginia Dormitory Housing:

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Solid Green Club at Clemson University

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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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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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