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Greening Cream & Crimson

Indiana University Athletics has a long-standing tradition of commitment to the state of Indiana, the community of Bloomington, and our loyal students, staff, and faculty. That's why we believe it's of the utmost importance to embrace smart, forward-thinking green practices that all Hoosiers can take pride in. 

We look forward to building on our already successful efforts during the 2013-2014 academic year by engaging our fan base and improving sustainable systems within the department. We greatly appreciate your support!

Greening Cream and Crimson LogoToday, sustainable development emphasizes simultaneous economic, environmental and social dimensions. As acknowledged by Indiana University and the Athletics Department - understanding our impact and improving our practices to continue crafting a department that is more in touch with economy, ecology and equity benefits a wide array of stakeholders. Most importantly, we believe embracing forward-thinking, sustainable systems is a step we must take sooner rather than later; today, not tomorrow.
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2012 Initiatives
  • Increased our tailgate waste diversion to 54% during the 2012 Game Day Challenge recycling competition, from 37% in 2011. 
    • Volunteers handed out new IU Athletics-branded tailgate recycling bags
    • New bag dispensers located at the tailgate
    • Increased the number of recycling bins and dumpsters 
    • Recycling PSA with IU athletes played at Memorial Stadium
  • Analyzed total energy and water use by month for all available metered buildings 
    • Athletics facilities included in campus-wide energy audit 
    • New opportunities for energy conservation identified
2011 Initiatives
  • Better understanding how Athletics' staff view sustainability through survey research and statistical analyses
  • Add new bicycle racks in areas surrounding Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall
  • Create new educational material so fans better understand tailgate rules and regulations, both green practices and non-green practices
  • Launch of the newly formed student organization- Greening Cream and Crimson- that works directly with the IU Athletic Department to create and support sustainable practices - contact gcc@indiana.edu for more information
  • Expand our game-day initiatives to promote more student awareness and involvement
  • Implementing a fan-based tailgate recycling competition where fans collect and turn in bags of recyclables to win prizes
  • The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale (H2H) to benefit Bloomington nonprofits and reduce move-out waste will occur Saturday August 20, 2012 at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Last year, H2H raised over $10,000. For more information, visit Hooser to Hoosier
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