The 2015 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

June 24-26, 2015 • Ross-Ade Pavilion
Purdue University • West Lafayette, Indiana

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Welcome to the 5th Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

Through the Summit, we are creating an open and equal platform for inter-departmental collaboration. Representatives from student groups and athletic, recreation, sustainability, facilities, food service, and recycling departments are welcome.

Indiana Welcomes All

Recent amendments to SB101 give NIRSA confidence that Purdue University and the city of West Lafayette will offer all attendees from diverse backgrounds an inclusive and welcoming experience at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit. Questions about NIRSA’s commitment to the value of equity, diversity, and inclusion can be directed to the NIRSA Executive Office.


This year’s agenda will be designed to bring together collegiate athletics staff, campus recreational managers, sustainability professionals, and recycling/facility managers together to identify ways to achieve common campus sustainability goals through sports and athletics, save money, foster better inter-departmental relationships, and increase recognition for your institution’s efforts.

The Summit will feature engaging speakers with real world experience in how to achieve economic and environmental results by going green in collegiate sports. The agenda also emphasizes opportunities to share and network through roundtables and informal meetings in a relaxed setting.

Schedule of Events

Check out the schedule and session information

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Speaker and Moderator Bios

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Hotel Information

Here are some other options for hotel reservations, but please note that the Purdue Union Club Hotel is the recommended choice due to its proximity to the event and availability of parking.


Past Summits

The fourth annual summit hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. The Summit attracted over 120 attendees from over 50 colleges and universities. Featured speakers included: Rick George, Athletic Director, University of Colorado Boulder; Thomas McGann, Associate Athletic Director, University of Colorado Boulder; Halli Bovia, Sustainability Director, University of Southern California; and, Janis Steele, Associate Director for Facilities, Campus Recreation & Wellness, East Carolina University.
The third annual summit, hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Summit attracted over 100 attendees from over 45 different colleges and universities. Featured speakers from 2013 included: Gene Smith, Athletic Director, The Ohio State University; Tim Hickman, Associate Athletic Director, University of Missouri; Mick Deluca, Director of Campus Recreation, University of California Los Angeles; Stephanie Sims, Implementation Coordinator, University of Florida.
The 2012 Summit attracted representatives from over 20 colleges and universities. Some featured speakers from 2012 included: Fabian DeGarbo, Sustainability Director, ESPN; Jeff Steele, Associate Athletic Director, Auburn University; and, Corey Hawkey, Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University.
The inaugural, Southeast-focused summit laid the foundation for a nation-wide discussion on collegiate athletic sustainability initiatives.