Vanderbilt eliminates single-use plastic bottles at athletics venues

Vanderbilt University continues to make significant progress in reducing its overall environmental impact, recently eliminating single-use plastic bottles at all athletics venues across campus. This bold step is the latest in a series of waste-reduction initiatives as part of Vanderbilt Campus Dining’s “No More Plastic” campaign. Initially launched in 2019, this effort eliminated single-use plastic water and soda bottles in dining halls, markets and vending machines. As a result, more than 430,000 plastic bottles have been saved each year since the program began. 

Commodore Concessions, a partnership between athletics and Campus Dining, implemented the “No More Plastic” initiative at all Vanderbilt University athletics venues beginning in August 2021. The university ended the sale of all single-use plastic bottles, and, as a result, fans now enjoy more sustainable beverage options at baseball, football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse games. As an enhancement to the game day experience, fans can purchase beer and water in recyclable aluminum containers or reusable commemorative soft drink cups with unlimited Pepsi refills at self-service drink fountains. 

The impact of this shift has been significant, eliminating more than 25,000 single-use plastic bottles sold annually at Vanderbilt concessions stands. Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services David ter Kuile said, “Sustainability is at the core of Campus Dining’s mission, and we’re proud to support FutureVU sustainability goals in all of our operations. Students and fans alike appreciate Vanderbilt’s responsible environmental practices, and this partnership with athletics is the latest way we’ve been able to demonstrate that commitment.” 

Vanderbilt University Campus Dining employs a multi-tiered approach to sustainability in all aspects of its operations and was the recipient of the silver award in the 2020 National Association of College and University Food Services Sustainability Awards. 

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