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Pac-12 Conference vows football championship game will be carbon neutral

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From a release from the Pac-12 Conference:

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference, United Green Energy (UGE) and Pacific Seafood announced today that the league has selected UGE to coordinate offsetting all aspects of the carbon footprint surrounding the 2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76ⓡ, to be held Friday, Dec. 2 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. With the support of Pacific Seafood, the Official Meat and Seafood Provider of the Pac-12, the 2022 football champ game will be the first-ever carbon neutral Power 5 conference title game.

This first-of-its-kind partnership between the Pac-12, United Green Energy & Pacific Seafood continues the league’s climate-focused endeavors with Pac-12 Team Green, the sustainability platform of the Conference which promotes greening & sustainability efforts taking place across the Conference of Championsⓡ. Pacific Seafood is a proud long-term partner of the Pac-12, and an official partner of Pac-12 Team Green, the Pac-12 Football Championship Game and the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“Sport as a platform has immense power to drive social impact and influence positive change,” said Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and COO Jamie Zaninovich. “Having our marquee Pac-12 football championship game serve as the first ever carbon-neutral among the Power 5 continues the dedicated sustainability efforts taking place across the Conference and Pac-12 Team Green.”

In order to achieve carbon neutrality, Pacific Seafood will purchase Carbon Offsets from United Green Energy to offset emissions of the event’s operations. These offsets promote development of renewable energy sources and reforestation efforts across North America and throughout the world.

Carbon footprint aspects to be offset for the Pac-12’s football title game include, but are not limited to, the following for both competing universities & traveling staff, event operations staff and other Pac-12 representatives in attendance:
— Round-trip flights & road transportation
— Allegiant Stadium facility operations
— Practices for both teams in lead up to Championship Game
— Ancillary events related to the Football Championship Game including Kickoff Party, VIP Tailgate, School Assemblies and more
— Pac-12 event load in and out

“Pacific Seafood is proud to partner with the Pac-12 and United Green Energy to offset carbon emissions from the 2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game,” said Bill Hueffner, Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Seafood. “At Pacific Seafood we believe it is our responsibility to serve our oceans through a continuous commitment to sustainable fishing practices that ensure healthy stocks for generations to come. We know that taking care of our earth is critical for the health of our oceans so we are dedicated to reducing, reusing, and recycling in every area we can to conserve our precious resources; including nearly 100 percent whole fish utilization.” Learn more about Pacific Seafood’s sustainability efforts at PacificSeafood.com/CSR.

“Our partnership with the Pac-12 to offset carbon emissions generated by their Championship Game sets an important precedent for the sustainability of events like this. Utilizing carbon offsets from verified projects is a key element in the battle against climate change,” said Tom Williams, Executive Chairman of UGE.

Allegiant Stadium, the home of the 2022 Pac-12 Football Champ Game, is committed to developing sustainable policies and practices while being powered by local renewable energy sources. The Pac-12’s efforts, along with the assistance of Pacific Seafood, United Green Energy and Allegiant Stadium, further the impact of this initiative.

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