The club organized zero-waste events, reduced water and energy consumption at sports venues and collaborated with Charlottesville residents on projects such as sports gear donations.
As a pro, Morse – who majored in global public health and minored in environmental science while at UVA – has taken her passion for sustainability to new levels.
The East Lansing, Michigan, native took virtual classes during pandemic downtime last fall that allowed her to become a member of the Chicago Conservation Corps. Known as “C3,” the organization trains and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through environmental service projects.
At the program’s conclusion, Morse immediately took everything she learned to the Red Stars. She helped increase recycling signage in and around the stadium; rallied members of the organization for a cleanup of a local park; led an effort to donate 300 pairs of lightly worn cleats to members of the local community; created educational videos about sustainability on social media; and even convinced the Red Stars’ support staff to wash practice gear and uniforms with a zero-waste and non-toxic laundry detergent.
And then in July, Morse, in collaboration with the Red Stars’ front office, put together a “Go Green” game in which the organization handed out reusable grocery bags to the first 1,000 fans.