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Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Sporting Community To Join World Leaders In Bid To Tackle Climate Change

Unique sports and sustainability focused event to bring together key figures for crucial day of discussions

30 October 2015; London, UK – Climate Action and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are teaming up with theFrench Ministry of Sport and Green Sports Alliance to host the Sustainable Innovation in Sport forum at the Stade de France, Paris on 7th December.

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Held alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) negotiations in Paris this December;  this half-day meeting will convene 120+ leaders from Government, the United Nations, sports leagues, clubs and governing bodies, and corporate sustainability leaders.

The exclusive meeting will highlight the impactful role that sustainability in sport can offer to the wider climate change effort by bringing awareness to game changing initiatives as well as focusing on new policies and technologies that can change the face of the sports and sustainability space.

Sustainable Innovation in Sport will be the leading sports focused event held during COP21 and will discuss the crucial role sports events, stadiums, teams, leagues and governing bodies can play in the effort to tackle climate change.

Read the full article here.

 

Green Sports Alliance Members In The MLB World Series

The World Series of Major League Baseball kicked off with a match-up between two green champions and members of the Green Sports Alliance: the Kansas City Royals vs the New York Mets.

Game 1 was hosted by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium -one of the few MLB ballparks that maintains solar arrays, 120 solar panels in total, which promote clean, renewable energy. The Royals engage fans in their green initiatives through their community programs, such as Green Team volunteers and cell phone recycling events.

After 2 games in Kansas City, the highly anticipated match-up moved to Citi Field, home of the Mets, where fans found a green roof that reduces energy and water consumption and an on-site garden that provides ingredients for ballpark concessions. The Mets Green Team volunteers will be collecting recyclables during Game 4 at Citi Field this Saturday, October 31st.

This postseason, 9 out of the 10 teams playing for a chance to win the Commissioner’s Trophy were members of the Green Sports Alliance.

We are proud to say that this year’s World Series champion will also be a green champion!

Boss Scores In Hockey And Hospitality Arenas

At 19, Michael Doyle was slammed into a goalpost while playing with the Victoria Cougars. It was a time when goalposts were fixed in the ice. The resulting injuries were serious and cut short the career of the up-and-coming goalie.

Today, Doyle, 48, has found his way into two major hockey franchises, albeit on a different side of the glass. He has parlayed his love of hockey, along with a passion for the hospitality industry, into top-tier positions as executive vice-president and arena general manager for Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE) and president of Toptable Group.

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As the Vancouver Canucks go into the 2015-16 season, CSE is planning celebrations to mark 20 years since the opening of Rogers Arena (then GM Place). Making sure every game, every event and every retail outlet runs smoothly falls to Doyle. That means taking care of the approximately 1.3 million visitors to Rogers Arena every year – and that’s just up his alley.

“I’m someone that likes to see people happy,” Doyle said. “When you have a restaurant and you see people come down for two hours, you have the opportunity to make their night and change their lives. That excites me.”

Doyle comes to his positions with a background of many years filled with restaurant and event management, starting as far back as the age of four, he says, when he ran his own lemonade stand. Through his teens, while pursuing hockey, he worked in restaurant chains like Boston Pizza and The Keg. After his injury, he continued in the hospitality industry, working at Blackcomb Mountain and then landing a job as area manager, food and beverage, at the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) for five years.

Jeff Stipec, vice-president of hospitality for CSE, has been Doyle’s friend and colleague going back to the 1980s, when Stipec, as general manager at the North Vancouver Keg, was his boss.

Stipec, who also worked with Doyle at Blackcomb in the 1990s, put his friend’s name forward when he heard of the need for “bright young talent” at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Maple Leafs, the Raptors and Toronto FC, as well as the Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, Maple Leaf Square, Real Sports Bar and Grill and Real Sports Apparel.

“He’s a pretty big thinker,” Stipec said. “Considering Real Sports in Toronto, there were millions of dollars at stake. He’s bold in those decisions. When a lot of people might back away, Michael just steps right up and he’ll make the decision with confidence, and because of his decision-making, his track record of success is pretty strong.”

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