Athletic departments have unique sustainability opportunities. Universities across the country are recognizing that by developing a comprehensive sustainability program in the athletic department, they can leverage the strong brand power, visibility, and influence of their intercollegiate sports programs and make meaningful environmental improvements. Athletic departments can greatly benefit from collaborative sustainability initiatives with student-athletes, teams and the increasingly environmentally-aware student body.
Athletic teams and programs are an integral part of the UTPA community. As visibility of their events grows, opportunities for promotion of sustainability also increase. UTPA athletics includes basketball, track and field, cross country, tennis, golf, and the baseball and volleyball teams. The competition, travel, and purchase of team products all offer chances for UTPA athletic teams to support sustainability to sport fans across the region, state, and county.