In continued support of Austin FC’s mission to promote vibrancy through sustainability, the Club has joined the Green Sports Alliance (GSA). GSA connects sports organizations in an effort to support collaboration around issues of sustainability. Austin FC will begin to collaborate with an experienced group of teams and venues to ensure that sustainability and environment-focused issues remain vital considerations in how sports properties and sports facilities operate.
“Implementation of sustainability practices which minimize the environmental impact of our operations is a priority to our staff, our partners, and our fans,” said Austin FC President Andy Loughnane. “Austin FC is excited to further our commitment to sustainability as a member of the GSA, and our Club looks forward to collaborating with our peers as we continue to develop innovative solutions within our industry.”
"The Green Sports Alliance would like to congratulate Austin FC on earning the stadium Gold LEED certification," said Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Roger McClendon. "The steps the club took to earn this prestigious award shows their commitment to creating a more sustainably focused organization and the Green Sports Alliance is excited to bolster these efforts through our new partnership."
Austin FC joining the GSA aligns with both Earth Day and Major League Soccer’s Greener Goals Week of Service. The Club is already engaged in several activities and initiatives related to sustainability. As part of Austin FC’s GO VERDE! Week presented by YETI, volunteers from the Club and YETI front offices and Club supporters will come together for Rowing Dock’s first-annual Earth Day lake and land cleanup on Austin’s iconic Lady Bird Lake.
Q2 Stadium, the official home venue of Austin FC, 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, 140 solar panels on its southern roof, and a policy allowing fans to bring in reusable drinking vessels, eliminating the need for single-use plastic bottles.