Well-renowned keynote speakers set to present at the 2023 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference on June 21-22 at Stanford University

Well-renowned keynote speakers set to present at the 2023 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference on June 21-22 at Stanford University
May 1, 2023
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Shay Strawser

April 27, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO - Stanford University will be the host for the 2023 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, taking place over two days from Wednesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 22. The event will begin with opportunities for various campus tours at Stanford, followed by an early-evening welcome reception, while the second day will feature a high-level symposium of expert keynote speakers as well as high-level breakout discussions.

A key pillar of Pac-12 Team Green, the first-of-its-kind sustainability platform of the Pac-12 Conference and its member universities, overall goals of the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference are to elevate approaches and enhance sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, design new collective initiatives and share best practices for utilizing college sports as a platform for achieving environmental progress.

Full program details, as well as event registration for Pac-12 students, faculty & staff, as well as general admission, are available at Pac-12.com/sustainability. Key focuses of the daylong program include:

  • Taking event greening to the next level
  • Path to net zero for collegiate sports venues
  • Players for the Planet” leadership
  • Pro teams share innovative sustainability practices
  • Student athlete local community collaboration
  • Sustainability + Athletics collaboration to achieve every day zero waste

The 2023 Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will represent the seventh annual in the event’s history, the fifth in-person after previously being hosted by Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA (2017), the University of Colorado Boulder (2018), the University of Washington (2019) and the University of Utah (2022).

One of several highlights on day one includes an opening leadership plenary, which will focus on the departmental intersectionality in the field of sustainability. Several leaders who represent many different sectors at Stanford will discuss how sustainability is being implemented in their work and how they are collaborating with one another to drive sustainability forward.

The program also features keynote addresses from Chris Dickerson, former MLB outfielder and Co-Founder of “Players for the Planet,” an organization dedicated to empowering athletes to channel their influence into eco-consciousness in ways that inspire the present and future of sports toward environmental stewardship. Pioneering neuroscientist, biotechnology executive and President of Stanford University Marc Tessier-Lavigne will present an opening keynote address on Wednesday, June 21, and Jessica Murfree, Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Faculty Fellow from Texas A&M University, will present her keynote address on Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m.. Her research examines the effects of climate change on sport, namely the social and legal implications of extreme weather and climate risks, and environmental injustices faced by historically marginalized groups in sport and recreation.

Early Bird ticket prices are available through May 12th:

Pac-12 Student/Faculty/Staff - $69.00

Early Bird General - $159.00

Early Bird Group of 3 or More - $149.00

About Pac-12 Team Green

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. To learn more about Pac-12 Team Green, visit Pac-12.com/green.

About the Pac-12

The Pac-12 Conference is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders by championing excellence in academics, athletics, and the well-being of our 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 549 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 country. Pac-12 Networks also offers extensive digital content via Pac-12.com, the Pac-12 Now app, Pac-12 official athletics websites and Pac-12 Insider. The Pac-12 Conference is comprised of 12 leading U.S. 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, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. More information on the Pac-12 is available at Pac-12.com.

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