An Eco-Friendly Water Polo Tournament Coming to SDSU!

SDSU Athletics is hosting the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship from May 14-16 at the San Diego State University Aquaplex. One unique feature of this event is that it will be the first NCAA Division I Championship that is centered on being eco-friendly.

“The SDSU student body’s initiative to equip our campus with sustainable facilities such as the Aztec Aquaplex enables us to be a national leader with NCAA facilities,” said SDSU Associate Athletic Director Jenny Bramer. “It only makes sense to expand the effort to include eco-friendly expectations in our management of the event.”

How can a water polo tournament be eco-friendly?
-The Aztec Aquaplex is equipped with an 8,000-square-foot solar- water-heating panel on the roof of its shade structure?

-In December 2009, three separate ground mounted arrays were installed. This results in the Aztec Aquaplex generating enough solar power to reduce 299,940 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere in one year alone.
-For the NCAA tournament the green initiatives include electronic marketing, printing scorecards and programs on recycled paper with soy-based ink, and using rechargeable batteries.
-Using refillable water bottles, utilizing local and organic concession options, recycling receptacles, using CFL light bulbs and a solar energy powered score clock, having planning meetings via teleconference, and disseminating the tournament manual and visitors guide electronically.
-Even the pre-tournament banquet will feature local and organic foods from Aztec Shops, highlighted by reusable china and silverware, and any waste from the banquet will be composted.

Come check it out for yourself! Water polo fans, and eco-enthusiasts alike will be joining together under one (solar-paneled) roof this May to watch the women battle it out for the national title.

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