GO VERDE!

Austin FC and the Club’s sustainability partner YETI launch GO VERDE! Week, a platform highlighting series of sustainability initiatives. Through the launch of our annual GO VERDE! Week, we hope to encourage fans to join us in protecting and promoting Austin’s green spaces, which are central to making our city vibrant and full of life. This platform aligns both with Major League Soccer’s Greener Goals week and Global Earth Day.

Austin FC’s home Q2 Stadium received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in November 2021 for the commitment to sustainability undertaken in the stadium’s construction and design. The stadium features a number of innovative sustainability efforts, including electric vehicle charging stations, waste-diverting Ecostations around the concourse and club levels,140 solar panels on its southern roof, and a policy which allows fans to bring in an empty 30-ounce reusable vessel and fill it up with free water, eliminating the need for single-use plastic bottles.

LEED Gold Certification

In year one, Q2 Stadium was honored with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, recognizing the commitment to sustainability undertaken in the stadium’s construction and design. Q2 Stadium was the first Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium to use Whole Building Life Cycle Analysis (WBLCA) to environmentally optimize its structure and enclosure and reduce embodied carbon.

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Sustainability Platform Presented by YETI

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To enhance fan comfort, as well as to reinforce Q2 Stadium and Austin FC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, empty 30-ounce or smaller reusable drink vessels will be allowed into the stadium throughout the 2022 season. Fans are encouraged to stay healthy and hydrated by visiting YETI water stations located in the Southeast and Northwest corners of the stadium, as well as other water stations throughout the venue.

Texas Disposal Systems’ Waste Diversion Tracker

As the official Waste and Recycling Partner of Austin FC, Texas Disposal Systems help fans divert waste with more than 70 strategically placed Ecostations located throughout the stadium. These Ecostations allow Q2 Stadium to collect both compost and recycling, facilitating the club's commitment to Waste Diversion.

The waste diversion percentages represent the total amount of waste the stadium and its guests are able to divert from the landfill during each Austin FC match. In 2021, Austin FC fans diverted 71% of all waste produced at Q2 stadium. In 2022, fans are challenged to continue to divert waste every match and can follow the Waste Diversion Tracker during the season to keep up with their success in assisting Austin FC and Q2 Stadium in their commitment to Sustainability.

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TreeFolks

In 2022, we've partnered with TreeFolks, a local nonprofit working to empower Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.

In March, Austin FC staff – including Founder, Majority Owner, and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Precourt and President Andy Loughnane – visited Festival Beach Food Forest to plant 22 trees along with leadership from the Club’s founding partners Q2, St. David’s Healthcare, YETI, and Netspend. Austin City Councilmember Pio Renteria was also in attendance.

TreeFolks is also the benefitting partner of Austin FC's H-E-B Community Kickback. For every Austin FC goal scored during the 2022 season, Austin FC and H-E-B will donate $100 in support of TreeFolks’ mission to empower Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees. Stay up-to-date with the H-E-B Community Kickback Tracker.