Monthly Archives: June 2015

New Partnership Announced between Green Sports Alliance and HOK

The strategic collaboration between HOK and the Green Sports Alliance will help to advance sustainable design strategies in the sports industry.

HOK has entered into a partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), an international nonprofit that advises professional and collegiate leagues, teams and venue operators about environmental stewardship.

GSA + HOK logos“Since its inception in 2010, the Green Sports Alliance has focused on improving the environmental performance of sports organizations and venues,” said Scott Jenkins, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group Stadium general manager and chair of the Green Sports Alliance. “HOK’s expertise and commitment to designing sustainable venues offer tremendous value to our members and to the entire sports industry.”

Under the partnership’s terms, HOK will offer GSA members enhanced access to information about strategies for sustainable venue design, operations and technologies. HOK will also help shape future GSA membership programs and partnerships. The firm is currently collaborating with the GSA to develop a report outlining the future of sports facility design.

Chris DeVolder“The Green Sports Alliance shares our goals for bringing sustainability to the sports industry,” said Chris DeVolder, sustainable design leader for HOK’sSports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “This innovative partnership will also support our firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge, an initiative seeking carbon neutrality in all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.”

“Sports offer a uniquely powerful platform for talking about sustainability,” added DeVolder. “The Green Sports Alliance is helping organizations understand how upfront investments in sustainability initiatives can generate long-term savings.”

On June 30, DeVolder will moderate a plenary session at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Chicago titled “Beyond the Building: How Sports Facilities Contribute to Sustainable Communities and Urban Vitalization.”


Pac-12 joins its members as official partner of the Green Sports Alliance

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today that it has officially joined the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), following the lead of the conference’s 12 institutions, which were already members of GSA. The Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to count all its members as GSA participants.


As members of the GSA, the Conference and university athletics programs have committed to measure their environmental performance, develop strategies and goals to reduce their footprint, monitor progress, and engage fans and communities in the process. Most significantly, the Pac-12 and its members will support one another, and additional GSA members, in their sports greening efforts.

“Our member universities have shown great leadership to minimize their athletics departments’ negative impact on the environment, and promote green habits to their fans and campuses at large,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “We as a Conference are thrilled to join the Alliance as we continue to push college sports in a modern, global, and progressive direction.”

From zero-waste stadiums, to solar powered arenas, to robust student-led green teams, Pac-12 universities are genuine leaders in college sports greening. Spurred by their common membership in the GSA, Pac-12 universities also recently completed the inaugural ‘Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge’. This first-of-its-kind, conference-wide activation was self-organized by Pac-12 members with the support of the GSA.

“Membership in the GSA already provides access to a unique network of sports industry experts to inspire and support greening program advancement,” said Dave Newport, Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance and Environmental Center Director at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“With all Pac-12 athletics programs on board, we now have an unparalleled opportunity for sharing better practices conference-wide. This leadership and commitment from Pac-12 members signals a deeper involvement from all collegiate athletics programs and can be the model for other NCAA conferences to lead collegiate sports greening.”


About the Pac-12 Conference:

The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 48 of the last 54 years, with 476 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to http://www.pac-12.com/conference.


About the Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit organization does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. The Alliance is engaging the global sports industry to encourage measurable actions that enhance venue operations, influence the sports industry supply chain and mobilize fans.

Since launching nationally in March of 2011, the Alliance has grown from 6 teams from 6 leagues to nearly 300 teams, venues and universities from 20 leagues in 14 countries. Currently, 30 NCAA affiliated universities are members of the Alliance.

Visit http://www.greensportsalliance.org to learn more. Interested in membership? Inquire at info@greensportsalliance.org.


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U.S. Open Donates 70,000 Pounds of Leftover Food

For the first time, the U.S. Open golf tournament has found a way to donate all of the food left over from its annual four-day tournament. Working with the Pierce County nonprofit Emergency Food Network in Lakewood, Washington, the U.S. Open was able to distribute 70,000 pounds of surplus food to local food banks and shelters that remained after the end of the competition held last weekend at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.

US Open

The cooperative effort ended several years of failed efforts to donate U.S. Open leftovers due to the inability to find networks to expedite delivery. “We end up throwing a lot away,” said Andrew Chalfant, the director of major events for Maryland-based Ridgewells Catering,. “It’s unique that they have the facilities and the capabilities to accept so much. That’s what we do is feed people.”

After the success of the partnership between the Emergency Food Network and Ridgewells, the nonprofit organization has agreed to help the official caterer of the United States Golf Association find distribution channels for next year’s U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

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