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Arizona State University announced as 2016 USG NACDA Sustainability Award Winner

June 29, 2016


CLEVELAND -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) have announced Arizona State University as the winner of the 2016 USG NACDA Sustainability Award. ASU was chosen from a pool of three finalists and received the award for its work on Sun Devil Stadium and the Weatherup Center.

The Sustainability Award will be officially presented to Arizona State on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the award-winning facility Sun Devil Stadium, during ASU’s football game against Utah.

"“Arizona State embraces sustainability as a core value campus wide, and we’re honored to receive the USG NACDA Sustainability Award, an award that recognizes ASU’s commitment to promoting sustainable practices,” said Ray Anderson, vice president for university athletics at Arizona State. "Athletics is a prominent component of the University and we are proud to leverage that exposure to advance ASU’s key initiatives and promote sustainable change.”

The USG NACDA Sustainability Award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions across all divisions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. A seven-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA aided in selecting Arizona State as this year's award winner.

Arizona State will receive $30,000 in product from USG as the winner of the Sustainability Award. The other two finalists, University of Louisville and South Dakota State University, will each receive $10,000 in product from USG to recognize the sustainable efforts on their campuses.

“Congratulations to Ray and his staff at Arizona State for receiving the second annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award,” said NACDA Executive Director, Bob Vecchione. “The renovation of Sun Devil Stadium has allowed for a nationally-recognized facility to exhibit model practices in terms of sustainability in college athletics. The construction of the Weatherup Center set the tone for ASU and it has also been impressive to watch the transformation of the entire football complex.”

“Each year the entries get better and better, while the competition becomes tougher,” said Rik Master, senior manager, sustainability at USG. “It is so impressive to see the great work these facilities are doing to reduce their impacts and carbon-footprint. They are establishing new levels of expectation for future Universities’ facilities. Congratulations to Arizona State.”

The flagship facility for Sun Devil Athletics, Sun Devil Stadium is currently in Phase II of a three-year phased renovation of the iconic football venue. Sun Devil Stadium is currently pending LEED certification and has a preliminary scorecard from the USGB to monitor its progress. The facility will be ready by the start of the 2017 football season, making way for full LEED certification.

Sun Devil Athletics has also made sustainability a priority in its new construction and development. In the spring of 2009 Arizona State completed construction on the Weatherup Center, the home of its men’s and women’s basketball programs. The Weatherup Center also has the distinction of being the first athletic practice facility in the nation to become LEED-certified, earning v2+ Gold status. The facility used renewable maple wood flooring and a large portion of the construction on the building used recycled and locally manufactured materials. The solar panels installed on the roof of the Weatherup Center provide 45 percent of the building’s energy and occupancy censors and window shades help conserve the energy.

About USG Corporation: USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard & ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 52nd year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 12,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.