This year’s Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, at University of Colorado Boulder, resulted in some very exciting news! Unifi, Inc. and the Pac-12 Conference announced their long-term partnership in which Unifi will sponsor the annual Pac-12 Sustainability Conference and serve as the founding partner for the new Pac-12 Team Green. Richard Gerstein, Executive Vice President of premium value-added brands and Global Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at Unifi, and Jay Hertwig, Group Vice President of global branded sales at Unifi, served as keynote speakers at the conference.
Unifi will provide grant funding to all twelve Conference member institutions “to support sustainability initiatives and increase recycling efforts” and collaboration with the Pac-12 to create custom promotional materials and media assets to promote sustainability programs and support efforts to recycle billions of plastic bottles into fiber. Unifi will also serve as an official sponsor for all Pac-12 championship events.
Unifi, Inc. is a global textiles producer and a world leader in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. REPREVE® is one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and the “global leader in branded recycled performance fibers.” Through recycling plastic into performance fibers, Unifi has transformed twelve billion plastic bottles into fibers that will be used for new apparel, footwear, home goods, and other products. Unifi provides their recycled performance fibers to many of the leading brands in sports apparel, fashion, home, automotive, and other industries.
About the Pac-12 Team Green
Pac-12 Team Green is the very first collegiate athletics conference sustainability platform designed to promote all sustainability efforts on and around Pac-12 campuses; components of the Team Green include the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, the Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition, and the Pac-12 Sustainability Working Group. The Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition includes the events Pac-12 Football Zero Waste Bowl and Basketball Road to Zero Waste, where Pac-12 campuses compete against each other to hold zero waste home games in each sport. The Sustainability Working Group unites leaders from all 12 of the Conference’s member campuses from both athletics and sustainability. Click here for a full Ecologue article on the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference!
Check out this video on the Pac-12 Team Green, featuring cameos from Oregon State’s own Jesikah Cavanaugh and Samantha Lewis!
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