Monthly Archives: August 2013

2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit Kicks off Today in NYC with the Release of Collegiate Game Changers Report

The 3rd Annual Green Sports Alliance Summit kicks off today in New York City. Over 550 attendees and representatives from over 70 professional and collegiate sports organizations have joined us to share and learn about successes and innovations in sports greening. We’re excited to get underway with a full docket of workshops, industry roundtables, keynotes, plenary panels, tours and networking. Click here to check out the impressive program and speaker line-up.

Building on last year’s event, the 2013 Summit is once again an unprecedented gathering—uniting leaders from across the sports and sustainability industries as they work to create and implement innovative solutions to help green the sports industry. In addition to an informative and exciting conference program, the Summit features several special events and releases, like those highlighted below, that illustrate and celebrate the success of the sports greening movement.

Released today at the Summit:

NRDC Report - Collegiate Game ChangersCollegiate Game Changers: How Campus Sport is Going Green

Collegiate Game Changers, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, documents for the first time the breadth of sustainability measures underway at collegiate sports departments all across the country.  It features 10 case studies of college sports programs employing more sustainable techniques to manage their energy, water, waste and purchasing. The findings provide a roadmap for sports departments, students and staff interested in adopting sustainability strategies.  And the report documents the bottom-line benefits of greening and the role of sports in transforming sustainability measures on college campuses. It is a follow-up to NRDC’s influential 2012 report, Game Changer, which featured the leaders in professional sports greening.

“Let’s face it. America is a nation of sports fanatics, and for all of us who eat, sleep, and breathe sports, environmental stewardship should be a top priority,” said Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic gold medalist and student athlete at the University of California at Berkley, who authored the report’s afterword. “As this report shows, collegiate sports programs are recognizing this and taking control of their own sustainability.”

The first hard copies of Collegiate Game Changers will be handed out at the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit

Click here to download NRDC Collegiate Game Changers: How Campus Sport is Going Green.


 Stadium Guide Cover (small)Second Edition: Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena

The Alliance teemed up the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), NRDC to update this unique guide for sports venues considering solar energy installations on or adjacent to their facilities. The guide, which will be highlighted at the Summit, provides guidance about the process of installing onsite solar technology, including physical requirements, costs, available funding, incentives, and proposals.


Click here to download the Second Editions: Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium of Arena.


Outdoor LED Installation to be used for ESPN’s Broadcasts of the U.S. Open

It was announced on Tuesday that the outdoor lighting installations for ESPN’s broadcasts of the 2013 U.S. Open will use exclusively LED lights. In their fifth year working with the network on its tennis coverage from the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, Ferri Lighting Design & Associates, a leading television lighting-design firm,  has created a new green production standard with an installation that can effectively complement and counteract the brightness of the sun with far less energy use than traditional bulbs.

“We have learned, over the past few years, how to use LED lighting to augment our design so that we can maximize the firepower of lighting to work with the power of natural sunlight,” said FLDA lighting designer Mick Smith about the installation. “This year, I feel that – with ESPN – we have laid the foundation for a new outdoor lighting paradigm.”

ESPN’s LED lighting fits with the greater sustainability ethos in practice at the U.S. Open. Attendees at this year’s Green Sports Summit will have the opportunity to tour the U.S. Tennis Center and learn more about the initiatives being implemented around the grounds on August 25.


Read the full press release here.


More Than 500 Industry Leaders Will Gather To Advance Sports Greening

Aug. 21, 2013 (NEW YORK CITY) — The Green Sports Alliance kicks off their third annual Summit, Aug. 26-28, 2013 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. More than 500 industry leaders and 80+ speakers will be on hand to advance the sports greening movement over three days. The 2013 Summit will feature a diverse program of learning opportunities including workshops, tours, keynotes, plenaries, industry roundtables, an exhibit hall and high-level networking.

The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance.

The Green Sports Alliance Summit brings together professional and collegiate sports organizations with sports industry leaders and environmental and sustainability thought leaders. The Summit is a platform to create and share innovative solutions to help improve the environmental performance of an entire industry — learning from, sharing with and inspiring each other to find a better way to play.

The sports industry is uniquely positioned to make large scale impact in the environmental performance of many of our largest public spaces. Sports teams also play a special role in influencing citizens and mobilizing communities to take action. The Summit seeks to highlight better practices for enhancing performance and fostering a dialogue with stakeholders and fans about environmental stewardship.

WHEN   Aug. 26-28, 2013

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

– Aug. 27 @ 9:00 a.m. | Nike’s Lisa MacCallum Carter gives opening keynote.
– Aug. 27 @ 9:30 a.m. | Owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, and Pittsburgh Pirates speak on a panel discussing the business case for sustainable investments and initiatives.
– Aug. 27 @ 7:00 p.m. | The 2013 Green Sports Gala will be held at The Liberty Warehousewith special guest, Philadelphia Eagles co-owner, Christina Weiss Lurie, receiving the second annual Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award.
– Aug. 28 @ 9:30 a.m. | Professional athletes Kimmy Fasani, Andrew Ference and Michael Richter share their motivations for stepping up to bat for the planet and bringing fans along with them.
– Aug. 28 @ 1:00 p.m. | The U.S. EPA and Green Sports Alliance host the Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium, a participatory dialogue regarding the role of women in advancing sports and the environment. Featured speakers include Alison Gannett, award-winning global cooling consultant, World Champion Extreme FreeSkier, and founder of multiple non-profits, including the Save Our Snow Foundation and Mary Harvey, former COO for Women’s Professional Soccer and principal of Ripple Effect Consulting. This event is by invitation only, but media are invited to engage speakers and attendees following the Symposium at 3 p.m. in the Legends Ballroom at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  

WEBSITE Find out more about the 2013 Summit at www.greensportssummit.org


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