Sustainability - Bowdoin Green Athletics


For more information, or to join Bowdoin Green Athletics, contact Alex Tougas at

Bowdoin’s athletes may have another reason to support the College’s “Carbon Neutral by 2020” pledge, as the fate of our mascot may depend on it. Bowdoin Green Athletics (BGA), a student-run organization that collaborates with administrators, faculty, and staff, has taken the lead in this endeavor.

The College has already done much to incorporate sustainability into Bowdoin’s athletic operations; two of the campus’ three LEED-certified buildings include the Buck Fitness Center and the Watson Arena. Lighting at the College’s two basketball courts as well as at the track and tennis courts have been upgraded for efficiency in the past four years, and Bowdoin uses organic fertilizer treatments almost exclusively on its fields. In addition, the College has begun to implement paperless programs via Quick Response Codes for Smartphones and other devices; these virtual programs contain a wealth of information.

In the future, BGA aims to expand recycling and minimize waste during athletic contests, compile pledges from teams, and ultimately implement clothing and shoe recycling. Bridging various aspects of the campus in order to increase sustainability and serve the Common Good- that is the mission of Bowdoin Green Athleticsa. Go U (Green) Bears!

Green Athletics has team representatives from each team, who will work with their teams to come up with commitments to sustainability

2013-14 Team Commitments Include:

Varsity Sports

  • Men’s Cross Country: Taking shorter showers, recycling old training shoes, turning off lights in locker room. 
  • Women’s Cross Country: Taking shorter showers after practice, recycling on the bus to and from meets.
  • Football: Recycling bins at tailgates, donating leftovers from tailgates.
  • Women’s Soccer: Recycling on the bus, donating leftovers from bus trips and tailgates.
  • Men’s Golf: No plastic water bottles on the course, carpooling to practice.
  • Women’s Golf: Carpooling to practice, taking smaller van to away tournaments.
  • Women’s Volleyball: Taking shorter showers, going trayless, always turning off the lights in the locker room.
  • Women’s Basketball: Bringing a recycling bag for bus trips, turning lights off when leaving locker room.
  • Men’s Basketball: Recycling water bottles from bus trips, taking shorter showers (5 min rule).
  • Women’s Hockey: We will recycle bottles and cans on the bus trips after games and team events throughout the year, reducing the amount of laundry we produce on a daily basis
  • Men’s Hockey: Bringing recycling bags on bus trip, turning the TV off when leaving locker room.
  • Women’s Nordic: Put a recycling bin in ski room.
  • Women’s Squash: Turning off court and locker room lights, carpooling to practice, donating old court shoes, recycling on bus, getting rid of trays in dining hall.
  • Women’s Track and Field: Turning off the lights in locker room, bringing recycling bags on the bus.
  • Men’s Track and Field: Talking shorter showers, using 2 or less glasses at dinner, recycling old training shoes, turning off lights in locker room.
  • Sailing: Efficient carpooling, recycling trash in boat house.
  • Women’s Lacrosse: Going trayless!, re-using towels, taking shorter showers.
  • Men’s Lacrosse: Putting a recycling bin in the locker room.
  • Men’s Tennis: Wasting less gatorades, recycling all of our bottles, food items etc. while traveling.
  • Softball: Re-using towels, going trayless, recycling on the bus.
  • Baseball: Taking shorter showers, recycling bin in locker room/dugout.
  • Women's Swimming and Diving: taking shorter showers, reducing towel washing, using gatorade water bottles instead of plastic waterbottles, making sure to turn off the music and lights in the locker room.
 Club Sports:
  • Men’s Rugby: Only using reusable water bottles during practices and games, not turning field lights on until necessary.
  • Women’s Rugby: Recycling on the bus/donating extra food, taking shorter showers.
  • Men’s Rowing: Taking fewer vehicles to practice/regattas, encouraging rowers to bring nalgene bottles rather than plastic disposable bottles.
  • Women’s Rowing: Taking fewer vehicles to practice/regattas, encouraging rowers to bring nalgene bottles rather than plastic disposable bottles.
  • Women’s Ultimate: Donating cleats, going trayless, carpooling to practice.
  • Men’s Ultimate: Having reusable water bottles at tournaments (gatorade powder, not individual bottles), and encouraging recycling of all plastics at Bowdoin tournaments.
  • Women’s Water Polo: Bringing re-usable water bottles, taking shorter showers.
  • Men’s Water Polo: Recycling gatorade bottles, bringing reusable water bottles.
  • Men’s Club Volleyball: Bringing recycling bags for team vans, having reusable bottles for tournaments.
  • Club Alpine Skiing: Taking fewer cars to practice, reducing waste from day trips to races.
  • Club Curling: Finding ways to recycle old equipment.
  • Club Fencing: Carpooling to tournaments, bringing recycle bags along on trips.

We have put up signs in campus locker rooms. For example, in Watson, they say: This locker room has low-flow showers, faucets, toilets, and urinals, which result in a 38% reduction in water use from that of normal fixtures.

We are planning to be the first NESCAC School to win the EPA Game Day Challenge, which measures how much waste can be recycled and composted at a football game.

Want to get involved/have any ideas? Contact any of the following representatives:
Alex Tougas,
Emi Gaal,
Tori Munson,
Emma Chow,