Carbon-neutral 2022 Pac-12 football showcase


PAC-12 Football Championship aiming to be carbon neutral Image: PAC-12

The Pac-12 Conference (US), the United Green Energy (UGE) and the Pacific Seafood announced on November 21st that the league has selected UGE to coordinate offsetting all aspects of the carbon footprint surrounding the 2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76ⓡ, to be held on December 2nd at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. With the support of Pacific Seafood, the Official Meat and Seafood Provider of the Pac-12, the 2022 football champ game will be the first-ever carbon neutral Power 5 conference title game.

‘PAC-12’ stated this first-of-its-kind partnership between the Pac-12, United Green Energy and Pacific Seafood continues the league’s climate-focused endeavors with the Pac-12 Team Green, the sustainability platform of the Conference which promotes greening and sustainability efforts taking place across the Conference of Championsⓡ. Pacific Seafood is a proud long-term partner of the Pac-12, and an official partner of Pac-12 Team Green, the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, and the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

San Francisco, California (US)-based the Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 24 sports at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the United States.

The Pac-12 Conference is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders by championing excellence in academics, athletics and the well-being of its student-athletes. Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 continues to renew its undisputed claim as the ‘Conference of Champions’, leading the nation with 544 NCAA team titles overall, over 200 more than the next closest conference. The Pac-12 also wholly owns and operates Pac-12 Networks, the Conference’s sports media company that produces and distributes 850 live sporting events each season, making it one of the top live sports producers in the United States. Pac-12 Networks also offers extensive digital content via, the Pac-12 Now app, Pac-12 official athletics websites, and Pac-12 Insider. The Pac-12 Conference comprises 12 leading US universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Oregon, the Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and the Washington State University.

Pac-12 Team Green, a first-of-its-kind in collegiate athletics, promotes all of the greening and sustainability efforts taking place on and around the Pac-12 Conference and all 12 of its member-universities. Elements include the annual Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, the Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition, and the Pac-12 Sustainability Working Group.

Founded in 1941, the Pacific Seafood is a family-owned and -operated company dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet. Pacific Seafood manages all parts of the supply chain from harvesting/fishing, processing and distribution to provide customers all over the world with fresh, sustainable and high-quality products. The Pacific Seafood Group is headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon (US), and is the Official Meat and Seafood Provider of the Pac-12 Conference.

Lakewood, Colorado (US)-based the United Green Energy (UGE) is a renewable energy partner. The United Energy Trading (UET), its parent company, has been Green-e certified, both in energy and climate, since 2014, with the UGE soon to follow. The Green-e program is a trusted global leader in clean energy certification, and only a select group of companies in North America hold this title. The UGE prides itself on its Green-e certification and the assurance it gives to its customers. The UGE has expanded its vision to include renewable energy credits (RECs), biodiesel, carbon offsets, and even more to come. Connecting and creating a network with other leaders in the green energy field, the UGE hopes to stay on the cutting edge of renewable power.

The 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium in the Western United States, located in Paradise, Nevada. It is the home stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team, the Las Vegas Bowl, and the Vegas Kickoff Classic.

Said Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jamie Zaninovich, “Sport as a platform has immense power to drive social impact and influence positive change. Having our marquee Pac-12 football championship game serve as the first ever carbon-neutral among the Power 5 continues the dedicated sustainability efforts taking place across the Conference and Pac-12 Team Green.”

‘PAC-12’ further stated that in order to achieve carbon neutrality, the Pacific Seafood will purchase Carbon Offsets from the United Green Energy to offset emissions of the event’s operations. These offsets promote development of renewable energy sources and reforestation efforts across North America and throughout the world.
Carbon footprint aspects to be offset for the Pac-12’s football title game include, but are not limited to, the following for both competing universities and traveling staff, event operations staff and other Pac-12 representatives in attendance:

  • Round-trip flights and road transportation;
  • Allegiant Stadium facility operations;
  • Practices for both teams in lead-up to the Championship Game;
  • Ancillary events related to the Football Championship Game including Kickoff Party, VIP Tailgate, School Assemblies, and more; and
  • Pac-12 event load in and out.

Stated Bill Hueffner, Vice-President of Marketing for Pacific Seafood, “Pacific Seafood is proud to partner with the Pac-12 and the United Green Energy to offset carbon emissions from the 2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game. At Pacific Seafood, we believe it is our responsibility to serve our oceans through a continuous commitment to sustainable fishing practices that ensure healthy stocks for generations to come. We know that taking care of our earth is critical for the health of our oceans so we are dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling in every area we can to conserve our precious resources, including nearly 100 percent whole fish utilization.”

Said Tom Williams, Executive Chairman of UGE, “Our partnership with the Pac-12 to offset carbon emissions generated by their Championship Game sets an important precedent for the sustainability of events like this. Utilizing carbon offsets from verified projects is a key element in the battle against climate change.”

Allegiant Stadium, home of the 2022 Pac-12 Football Champ Game, is committed to developing sustainable policies and practices while being powered by local renewable energy sources. The Pac-12’s efforts, along with the assistance of Pacific Seafood, United Green Energy and Allegiant Stadium, further the impact of this initiative.

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