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Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Message from our Chairman: Celebrating a Successful Year in Green Sports

Greetings,

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the accomplishments of the Alliance, our members and the green sports movement.

We’ve enjoyed exponential membership growth, held a highly successful Summit in New York City and received tremendous media coverage throughout the year. All of this has continued to accelerate the growth of the movement.

This is all thanks to you, our members, partners, sponsors and fans. Your commitment to the green sports movement is not only driving change in the industry, but it is also the force behind our growing influence beyond game days.

A Brief Recap of the Year:

MEMBERSHIP
Alliance membership jumped from 160 to 215 teams, venues and leagues in 2013 alone. Members such as the Atlanta Falcons, Golden State Warriors, New York Giants, Penn State, Portland Thorns and Stanford have come on board in the past year. Click here to see the complete list of Alliance members.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors welcomed three new board members in 2013 – bringing the lineup to 13 thought leaders in sports and sustainability. With robust backgrounds in the technical aspects of facility environmental initiatives and an industry level viewpoint on the trends, our newest board members expand the Alliance’s internal expertise and the industry-wide reach of the organization.

PROGRAMS
Over the past year, we have hosted 12 webinars with topics including implementing and optimizing composting programs, the business case for addressing climate change and communicating greening efforts to the public. We released the Green Sports Alliance E-Waste Collection Playbook: A guide to help sports teams and venues host a successful e-waste collection drive. And, with the help of our partners, we bolstered our resource library to better serve our members and the industry.

OUTREACH
Alliance members, Board and staff contributed to content at many 2013 industry conferences, including: AASHE, Beyond Sport, Collegiate Athletics Facilities Summit, Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit, Greenbuild and the SMA Annual Seminar.

SUMMIT
We welcomed over 600 people to the heart of the sports industry, New York City, for an informative, inspirational and unparalleled gathering. The 2013 Summit was our greatest event to date – influential in both size and scope. Led through the voices of 96 speakers, the program included four workshops, eight roundtable sessions, two keynote addresses and seven plenary panels. We toured four iconic New York area sports venues. We honored Christina Weiss Lurie, an Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award at the Green Sports Gala, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and iconic NYC skyline. On the final day of the Summit, over 80 women leaders from the sports industry gathered for the first-ever Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium co-hosted by the U.S. EPA.

We are already working on the 2014 Summit July 21-23 in Santa Clara, CA, and hope you all plan to join us.

Throughout the year, the green sports movement received unprecedented coverage across a variety of outlets. There were features on Bloomberg TV’s SportfolioGreenBiz.comForbesThe New York TimesSolutions JournalSportsBusiness Journal and the Washington Post, to name only a few. Several new valuable resources were created and released, including the 2013 NRDC Collegiate Game Changers report and the U.S. EPA Green Sports website. The movement even got play on Capitol Hill during a closed-session meeting of the Congressional Bicameral Committee on Climate Change, where four professional leagues came together to address environmental challenges faced by the sports industry.

There is incredible progress to celebrate this year. And, looking toward 2014, we will keep pushing the conversation forward – identifying how sports teams, venues, leagues and events can embrace sustainability to improve their bottom line and create a lasting legacy in their respective communities and beyond.

We encourage you all to keep up the good work, support each other and let us know how we can continue to enhance your efforts. We look forward to all that we will accomplish together in 2014.

Happy Holidays,
Scott Jenkins
Chairman, Green Sports Alliance
Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners

NFL Reveals Public Transportation Plan for Super Bowl XLVIII

For the first time in NFL history, the league will stage its annual Super Bowl in a cold-weather location when MetLife Stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII this February. With the NFL’s biggest event coming to the New York City area, the league and area organizers have revealed their plans to implement public transportation to get fans to and from the game on a scale never before seen at the event.

With two-thirds of the parking spots outside MetLife Stadium dedicated to television and entertainment vehicles, the host committee has crafted several plans to make transit easier on Super Bowl attendees. Round-trip bus travel will be available with a Fan Express traveling to the Meadowlands from five points in New York and four more staging areas in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit is also featuring a $50 unlimited-ride Super Pass that will be good from January 27 through February 3.

The league and organizers estimate that up to 80 percent of people coming to New York for the Super Bowl will utilize public transit in one form or another to get to and from the various festivities. “If there’s any region that knows how to deal with public transportation issues,” said Jonathan Tisch, a part owner of the New York Giants and one of the chairmen of the host committee, “it’s this region.”

Read more about the NFL’s Super Bowl public transit plans here.

Related Articles:

EPA Releases Annual Environmental Assessment of MetLife Stadium

MLB Names 2013 Green Glove Winners

The San Francisco Giants were announced earlier this month as the repeat winner of Major League Baseball’s Green Glove Award, an annual sustainability competition to promote recycling at MLB ballparks. The Giants won in 2013 by diverting more than 86% of the total waste generated at AT&T Park from landfill disposal.

The award, based on self-reporting from each club utilizing the MLB GreenTracks online tracking software, incentivizes more sustainable operations under the Greening Program begun by Major League Baseball in 2006 in alliance with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The league also awards Green Gloves to the top recycler in each individual division, in addition to other sustainability programs at the All-Star Game and World Series.

Read about the Green Glove program and all the 2013 winners here.

Related Articles:

Major League Baseball and NRDC Partner Again at 2013 All-Star Game

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TOTAL MEMBERS
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TEAMS
187
VENUES
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