Monthly Archives: November 2015

Advancing the Collegiate Green Sports Movement with AASHE




David Muller
Membership Director
Green Sports Alliance





The Green Sports Alliance was honored to participate in several sessions at the recent AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo, themed “Transforming Sustainability Education,” in Minneapolis, MN.

Per AASHE’s website, the 2015 Conference & Expo was designed to “convene a diverse group of campus representatives – including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, administrators and presidents together with business, non-profit, government and community members – to celebrate and inspire sustainability solutions and innovations.”

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The Green Sports Alliance works with nearly 40 colleges, universities, and collegiate athletic conferences across the country—and that number is rising quickly. As a testament to the growing interest from sustainability officers in greening Athletics and Recreation programs at their respective institutions, the Green Sports Alliance participated in three different sessions at AASHE for the first time:

The PAC 12 Road to Zero Waste Competition – Panel discussion highlighting the ‘Road to Zero Waste Challenge’, an unprecedented (friendly) competition between all twelve Pac-12 universities, organized by the GSA, to achieve the highest landfill waste diversion rate at a men’s or women’s basketball game in Spring 2015. The University of California, Berkeley won the inaugural competition with a sparkling diversion rate of 95.7%. Halli Bovia of USC moderated, and I was joined on the panel by Lin King and Katherine Walsh of UC Berkeley.

Greening Collegiate Sports: Facility Tour and Networking Event – A tour highlighting the sustainability profile of GSA Member University of Minnesota’s LEED Silver-Certified TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009 and was the first collegiate or professional football stadium in the country to achieve LEED certification. The tour was followed by a networking reception and a panel discussion moderated by me and featuring several UM reps and Dave Newport of CU-Boulder.

Green Sports Alliance Networking Lunch – A lunchtime gathering that featured discussions of new and innovative sports sustainability efforts, opportunities for campuses to develop sponsorships of their sports greening efforts, and opportunities for campus sustainability and sports greening advocates to link and leverage their efforts.

These lively and well-attended sessions provided a wonderful opportunity to share some of the outstanding work taking place at GSA member campuses around the U.S., and provided sufficient inspiration for several new colleges and universities to join the Green Sports Alliance.

I applaud AASHE for putting on a top-notch event, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to shine a light on Collegiate Athletics’ role in advancing institutional sustainability goals as well as the broader green sports movement. I look forward to the Green Sports Alliance and our collegiate members having an even more prominent role in Baltimore next year!

River Cats, SUNworks Announce Solar Partnership

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and SUNworks announced today a new solar energy partnership that will result in a significant solar installation at Raley Field.

The 154kW installation, which is set to begin later this week, will include 472 SunPower modules and five SMA inverters and will be responsible for a projected output of over 247,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) during the first year. The modules will be installed on top of both clubhouses, the grounds building behind the left-centerfield wall, as well as on the roof of triver-cats-logohe stadium itself. The project is expected to be finished by December.

“This is something we’ve been looking into for a long while now,” explained River Cats President Jeff Savage. “We felt it was important to lead the path of sustainability in the Sacramento Region and Minor League Baseball as a whole. Our goal is to educate other small business and individuals within the community on changes they can make to become more sustainable.”

Based in Roseville, SUNworks has completed major projects at many Northern California sites, including a seven-part roof and carport mount system at UC Davis, a rooftop installation at the Sacramento Recycling Industries, and more.

“We’re excited and proud to be partnering with the River Cats, who are an active and valued member of the Sacramento community,” said Abe Emard, CEO of SUNworks. “This is a great step for their organization. We are honored to be able to help the River Cats move forward in their vision for a more sustainable Raley Field.”

Read the full article here.


32 AEG Facilities-Affiliated Venues Celebrate America Recycles Day

Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2015) Last week, 32 AEG Facilities-affiliated arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers nationwide celebrated America Recycles Day, a nationally-recognized event organized by Keep America Beautiful to promote recycling in the United States. AEG venues hosted a variety of events, from cell phone recycling drives to recycling awareness campaigns, to encourage guests, employees, and community members to make recycling a part of their lives.


“Recycling is an essential element of AEG’s work to reduce our environmental impact,” said John Marler, AEG’s Senior Director, Energy and Environment. “In addition to our ongoing efforts to promote recycling in our venues, we celebrate America Recycles Day because it gives us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of recycling and help our neighbors responsibly dispose of items that can be hard to recycle, like e-waste or clothing.”

Read the full article here.


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