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Webinar: Campus Sustainability’s Secret Sauce – Athletes

August 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Athletics teams can be sustainability’s secret sauce. College athletes are often treated like celebrities, making them powerful influencers for catalyzing campus-wide change and rallying enthusiasm for bold sustainability initiatives. This webinar will showcase how campus sustainability leaders can to tap into this invaluable resource.

Everything we eat has an environmental impact, so food should be a core pillar of any robust sustainability enterprise. Proper nutrition is also the foundation of every successful athlete’s performance. Fortunately, the most climate-friendly foods also provide the best fuel for athletes.

However, this synergy is not well underwood–so for many institutions, the challenge is in connecting these dots.

Conventional wisdom says athletes need animal-based foods to compete. But as the hit Netflix documentary The Game Changers shows–and as countless world-class athletes like Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Lionel Messi have proven–you can be the best in the world on a plant-based diet.

Our webinar unpacks all this and more. Leveraging the latest peer-reviewed nutrition science, our faculty includes leading clinicians, sports dietitians, and plant-based athletes. Employing a variety of media, resources, and learning modalities, we cover field-tested tools for training, meal planning, and other implementation techniques. During the webinar, you can expect to learn:

  • Animal agriculture’s immense environmental footprint
  • The power of a plant-based diet to improve athletic performance
  • Practical implementation tools for athletes
  • Campus support suggestions

Plus, we show campus Sustainability leaders how to approach their Athletics leadership peers and forge win-win partnerships to help institutions meet their most ambitious sustainability goals.

Every Workshop attendee will receive a copy of Let the Plant-based Games Begin: Optimizing Athletic Performance with Plant-based Nutrition. Switch4Good developed this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind Playbook in consultation with the International Olympic Committee’s Office of Sustainability.

You’ll walk away from this webinar armed with the information and resources to take the first steps towards leveraging your athletics teams in new ways. We’re also excited to offer continued support as you transition your athletics teams to a climate friendly, plant-based diet.

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Dotsie Bausch, Executive Director, Switch4Good

Since concluding a prolific professional cycling career that produced a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight U.S. national championships, two Pan American gold medals and a world record, Dotsie Bausch has become a powerful influencer for plant-based eating for athletes and non-athletes alike. She uses her soapbox, and her degree in plant-based nutrition, to advocate for planet earth, dietary justice, and animals. She is the founder and Executive Director of Switch4Good, an evidence-based non-profit working at the intersection of planetary responsibility, food justice, and vibrant health for all through the lens of plant-based eating.

Galina Hale, Chief Research Officer, Food System Innovations

Galina Hale is a Professor of Economics at UC Santa Cruz. She served as a Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and as an assistant professor of economics at Yale University. Galina’s current research interests focus on attracting mainstream finance to climate solutions, the sustainability of the global food system, and international financial stability, especially with respect to climate risks. Galina has published over 30 articles in leading economics and finance peer-reviewed journals. She serves on multiple editorial boards and presents her work regularly at scholarly and policy meetings worldwide. She has also completed a dozen marathons and an Ironman triathlon.

Peter Newton, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Peter Newton is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist. His research and teaching focus on food systems, sustainable agriculture, tropical forests, and rural livelihoods, principally in Brazil and the US. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also given a talk at TEDx Boulder (https://shorturl.at/lzCM6), and has provided testimony to the Colorado House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility. Outside of academia, Dr. Newton enjoys trail running and has run eight 100-mile races.



August 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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