The University is partnering with Reading FC to help the club take steps towards minimising its environmental impact.
Members of the University’s Sustainability Team held a workshop at Reading’s Select Car Leasing Stadium to identify opportunities for the club to make immediate improvements to its sustainability. They continue to support the delivery of a 10-point plan aimed at reducing the club’s carbon footprint, including investigating solar panel options at its stadium and supporting fans to recycle more on match days.
As a visual marker of the partnership between the two organisations, the men’s and women’s kits for the 2022/23 season feature the climate stripes, developed at the University of Reading by Professor Ed Hawkins. Bespoke stripes illustrating how temperatures have risen in Berkshire over the past 150 years feature on the sleeves of the home shirt and down the side of the shorts for both teams, and an abstract crop of the stripes is used on the away kits. The distinctive designs attracted international press coverage and continue to start climate conversations across the football community.