Members of the new Student Athlete Sustainability Council (SASC) announced their creation to the college community in dramatic fashion at a recent soccer game. They carried a plastic container to mid-field, pulled off the cover and stood back as the great horned owl inside swooped out into the night. The bird had spent the previous few months at the Carolina Raptor Center rehabilitating an injury.
The SASC was formed to promote sustainability initiatives by varsity teams. It coordinates activities with the campus Environmental Action Coalition through Steph Piperno ’15, who serves as coleader of both organizations.
In addition to the owl release, the SASC led a successful effort to install recycling bins in all team locker rooms and sent used athletic equipment to a local youth soccer team. Plans for the rest of the year include a “green” football game that generates no waste, a clothing drive to benefit the homeless in Charlotte, a carnival for local children, efforts to replace paper cups at games with reusable water bottles, and bringing a high-profile, sustainability-oriented athlete to speak on campus.