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Going green garners recognition for USC Athletics teams

By preserving the environment, three teams score points with Trojan Sustainability

Sand volleyball team in Urban Garden
Teammates shovel their way through the USC Urban Garden. (Photo/courtesy of USC Athletics)

The Green Teams Program overseen by Trojan Sustainability encourages USC to think about the environment. By considering everyday practices like transportation, food consumption and water and energy use, the program promotes long-term sustainability within USC Athletics and club sports teams.

The program has fostered a friendly competition between various teams as they strive for stewardship of the environment. Four tiers of certification recognize the leaders of the campaign for sustainability while also highlighting best practices.

Trojan Sustainability has certified two varsity teams and one club sports team.

Women’s sand volleyball

The national champion USC women’s sand volleyball team earned Cardinal-level certification.

The team adopted several green practices during the 2014-15 season, such as carpooling to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and recycling in their locker room to minimize waste accumulation in landfills. The athletes have also given their time, organizing beach cleanups and volunteering at the USC Urban Garden where students, faculty, staff and community members are educated about organic, sustainable gardening practices.

Coach Andrew Fuller and team member Lorna Brandt helped to promote the sustainability efforts of the team, which capped a perfect 28-0 season with a win over Long Beach State in May.

Women’s rowing

The USC women’s rowing team earned Gold-level certification.

Proving that innovation is a crucial component of sustainability, the team developed its own zero-waste plan, installed low-flow attachments on their locker room appliances and started recycling in their boathouse at the Port of Los Angeles. Team members also volunteered their time at the USC Urban Garden.

Assistant Coach Ligita Kaviere was responsible for introducing this initiative to her team.

Men’s club lacrosse

The USC men’s club lacrosse team earned Trojan-level recognition.

The team brought sustainable practices to all components of their operations by minimizing paper use. It also limited waste output, using refillable water bottles, and helped implement recycling at Cromwell Field.

Head coach Chris Boland and team member Joshua Blockstein served as the main coordinators of the sustainability efforts. The team finished the year with a 13-5 rout over UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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