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  • Latest News in Green Athletics

    Take the Canes Plastic Free Pledge and get nice sustainable giveaways at the game!

    Join us for a Green Game and support our Men's basket ball team against Boston College on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm in the Watsco Center.

    Mason Napper
    , the Hurricanes' long snapper, cares for this Planet and helped the U go green this summer by interning as the Green Athletics Liaison. Watch Mason's video and go Plastic Free!

  • Sports Industry Conference – Sustainability

    Collegiate sports are on a mission to protect our planet. Join us on Thursday, April 14 from 11-11:50 a.m. for an exciting panel on Sustainability in Sports with experts in the field: Dave Newport, CU Boulder Sustainability Director/PAC-12 Sustainability Conference; Sadey Rodriguez, ACC Student Athletes for Sustainability; and Lou Hedley, Hurricanes Punter and Green Athletics Liaison. Learn more

  • Green Baseball Game - 2022

    Come support our Baseball team and participate in our "U can act on Climate" campaign on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Visit our community partners tables to learn more about Climate Action. Don't miss the "U can act on Climate" videos with former student athlete Nkosi Muse, Environmental Science and Policy PhD student at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Abess Center.

  • Green Athletes

    Do like Lou! Take our PLEDGE Learn more, watch Lou Hedley's video

    Lou Hedley is the first Hurricanes football player to represent collegiate sports sustainability at the U. As a Green Athletics Liaison, he helped raise his concerns for our planet, he let his teammates and his fans know about the importance of staying connected to Nature, and lead by example.  Watch the video


  • Green Tail Gate with ECO and CAT 5! 

    30 bags of cans and bottles in just one lot for 2 hours! Our team of Green Volunteers were amazing, even Fans were picking up recycling bags from our stand!

  • Green Athletics Community Outreach

    On Earth Day, our little community athletes learn about the benefits of composting,
    planting trees,...and adding plant based to their diet.

     Special message from our leadership: Quit Single Use Plastic!


  • UN-Sports 4 Climate Action

    In 2020, UM Athletics Director signed the UN Sports for Climate Action framework, reaffirming the University of Miami's commitment to carbon emission reduction.

    Four highly respected collegiate athletic directors will present their plans to help restore college sports by leveraging climate action, health and wellness, and diversity/inclusion practices during an upcoming webinar on August 3, 2020 at 1PM EST. Athletic Directors Rick George of the University of Colorado Buffaloes; Gene Smith of The Ohio State University Buckeyes; John Currie of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons; and Blake James of University of Miami Hurricanes will each make presentations and take questions regarding their approach to restoring college sports in the post-Covid world. Led by these ADs, these sports-sustainability programs have learned to leverage their assets and fan preferences to advance campus sustainability goals, open up sponsorship revenue opportunities, cost savings and significant campus and fan support.

    About the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

    The U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework has two overarching objectives: to achieve a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change and to leverage sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens. Signatories of the framework commit to five core principles:  undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility; reducing overall climate impact; educating for climate action; promoting sustainable and responsible consumption; and advocating for climate action through communication. 

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    On October 28 at Hard Rock Stadium for our Homecoming game, fans took our Plastic Free Canes pledge!

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    GREEN GAME - UM vs GT: Come support your football team on Nov 6!
    For this home game against the Georgia Tech, Hurricanes player Lou Hedley will send a message to all our fans on reducing single use plastic. Don't miss Lou's message at half time, take our Plastic Free Pledge on the Miami Hurricanes App, and receive a nice reusable utensil kit (first come, first served)

    GREEN TAIL GATE with ECO and CAT 5!  Starting at 4 pm 
    Pass by the ECO-Cat5 table in the student Fan Zone to take our Plastic Free Pledge and get a sustainable fabric T-shirt. Our volunteers will be there to help tailgaters recycle right. If you want to help and volunteer with our Green Team that day, please contact 

    Green Athletics Donations

    Thanks to our Athletics Department for their generosity. Green U and 
    Soles4Souls drive collected more than 150 pairs of new and gently used shoes. Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. "Something as simple as a pair of shoes can make a big difference".

    Collegiate  Sports  Sustainability

    The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the nation in collegiate athletics, academics and sustainability programs. The second annual ACC Sports Sustainability Conference will serve as an opportunity to unite and leverage these strengths to showcase our collective impacts, learn from our peers and create a national platform to magnify our winning traditions. May 20 - 21. Recap and presentations available here!

    Greening the game!

    March 4 at 8.30 pm the Hurricanes Men's Basketball team will play Virginia at the Watsco Center.
    Come support your team the Green way! Our Green Team will be promoting best practices in reducing single use plastic. Take our ECO pledge, and pass by the Green U table to claim your sustainable giveaway.
    Go Green, Go Canes! 

    Screening: The Game Changers

    Feb 27 at 8 pm in the Iron Arrown room - Student Shalala Center. A plant based diet is what Athletes recommend, you'd better listen. Come enjoy the movie with some vegan goodies. Sponsored by Plant Based Canes. Email for more information



    Green Tailgate on Oct 11

    On April 26 at 6pm, come support our team fora special Green Baseball Game!

    UM vs Virginia Tech at Alex Rodriguez Park 

    Our Green U Team will be there, along with our partners, Adidas-Parley, Coke Florida, Miami Dade County Water and Sewer Department and Debris Free Ocean with giveaways and information about water conservation and ocean plastic pollution. 

    Nov. 7 - 12 pm to 1 pm in the Schwartz Center auditorium (map)
    Lunch will be served  - Free Admission - RSVP now

    We want to learn from the professional world on how to make collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. From energy/water conservation, fans engagement, waste diversion or eco-friendly apparels, sustainability is a win-win for collegiate sports stakeholders.

    Green Athletics Conference at the U - 2017

    Join us on Nov. 10 - 12 pm to 2 pm in the Schwartz Center auditorium (map) - Lunch will be served


    Jeff King
    Vice President, Facilities - Miami Marlins
    "Marlins Park was designed with many aspects of sustainability in mind. From the energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, to water use reductions, Marlins Park is the most sustainable facility in Major League Baseball.  It is the first professional sports facility in the world with a retractable roof to earn LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council."
    In 2014,  the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizes the Miami Marlins organization for its impressive 51% recycling rate.

    Dave Newport 
    Director, Environmental Center - University of Colorado Boulder
    Nearly twenty years ago, Dave became the Florida Gators’ first Sustainability Director and piloted green sports efforts in The Swamp and created the nation’s first corporate sponsorship of an in-game sustainability activation in 2002. After moving to Colorado in 2006 to become Director of the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center, the Buffalos became the nation’s first NCAA Div.1 athletics program with a comprehensive sustainability program, with zero-waste, zero-carbon, zero-pesticides, zero-net energy facilities, 2MW of installed solar PV, and a car-free/zero-waste tailgate, among other efforts.  He is currently a member of the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors Executive Committee. 

    Who says sustainability and Sports are not compatible?  
    A nationally recognized partner, the Green Sports Alliance put it this way: 
    "The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, college conferences, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices."

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  • Sustainability and Resilience in Soccer


    Join us on Nov 18th , 12 -1 pm for a virtual discussion with keynote speaker and UM alum, Ibrahim Reyes, Founder of the Puerto Rican Soccer League. "The Sustainability and Resilience in Soccer" webinar will explore the way Sustainability has become part of the development of this sport in Puerto Rico, and how the Puerto Rican Soccer League is responding to the challenges of Climate Change, focusing of Resilience initiatives after Hurricane Maria.

    If you are inspired by Ibrahim's work, feel free to contact the Puerto Rico Soccer League:;