Monthly Archives: December 2015

University of Colorado, Boulder Brings Home The Title In 2015 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl; UC-Berkeley Runner-Up

The Green Sports Alliance is honored to announce the winner of the 2015 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl, The University of Colorado Boulder!

In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, all twelve members of the NCAA Pac-12 Athletic Conference participated in this competition to see which campus could divert the most waste from the landfill at a selected home game during the 2015 football season. The competition, which follows on the heels of the successful ‘Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge’ around basketball last spring, provides a friendly and spirited platform for Pac-12 universities to engage on best practices in Athletics waste diversion and to learn how each campus strives toward zero waste goals. In addition to overall stadium waste diversion rate, the universities are scored on partnership & participation, fan engagement, and innovation.

Results of the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl were a determined by a panel of three independent judges. We congratulate CU-Boulder, UC-Berkeley, U. Arizona, USC, and ALL Pac-12 campuses for their valiant efforts and participation!

The Green Sports Alliance is proud to support this unique activation showcasing the sustainability leadership of the Pac-12.

2015 Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl Final Results:

  • 1st Place: University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2nd Place: University of California, Berkeley
  • 3rd Place: University of Arizona
  • Honorable Mention: University of Southern California


Watch Green Sports Panels & Interviews from COP21

This week Green Sports Alliance President Dr. Allen Hershkowitz and Board Chair Scott Jenkins traveled to Paris for COP21 where they were joined by sports industry representatives from throughout the world to communicate the sports industry’s collective concern about the urgent need to address climate change. Like everyone attending the Paris climate negotiations, those representing the sports industry also communicated about our collective responsibility to help reduce global warming pollution and reporting on the many good initiatives that the sports industry has already undertaken during the past decade to lower its carbon profile.

The Green Sports Alliance hosted two one-hour panel discussions focused on how sports is addressing climate issues that were held at Le Grand Palais during the weekend of December 5th & 6th.

Click here to watch interviews with special guest speakers and COP21 highlights.

Grand Palais Panel – December 5th
Speakers Included:

  • Alejandro Agag | CEO, Formula E
  • Neil Beecroft | Sustainability Manager, UEFA
  • Gretchen Bleiler | Olympic silver medalist in snowboarding; Protect Our Winters Board member
  • Omar Mitchell | Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, National Hockey League
  • Moderator: Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D | President, Green Sports Alliance

Click here to watch the panel discussion.

Grand Palais Panel – December 6th
Speakers Included:

  • Chris DeVolder | Sustainable Design Leader, HOK
  • Sheila Nguyen | Executive Director of the Sports Environment Alliance
  • Jonathan Smith | Chief Executive, Golf Environment Organization
  • Alexis LeRoy | Founder and CEO, ALLCOT Group
  • Moderator: Scott Jenkins | Board Chair, Green Sports Alliance

Click here to watch the panel discussion.

Trail Blazers Continue Sustainability Advocacy With New Environmental Web Site Platform And Announce Five Green Games Throughout The Season


PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Throughout this season, the Portland Trail Blazers will highlight five different areas of sustainability, one per month, to engage fans in the organization’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. A new web site featuring additional information about the organization’s ongoing commitment to sustainability can be found at www.trailblazers.com/live.

“As an organization, we are dedicated to impacting kids and families in our region where they live, learn and play. ‘Live’ is our long-term commitment to the environment,” said Christa Stout, Vice President of Social Responsibility. “We are sharing information about what we are doing at the Moda Center, our 2025 goals, and encouraging partners, fans and employees to help us on our journey to be more sustainable for future generations.”

 In an effort to enhance their environmental education initiative and promote fan engagement, the Trail Blazers are announcing five Green Games representing five areas of sustainability – energy, waste, food, water and transportation. The first Green Game, with a sustainability focus on energy, is set for Dec. 3 when the team plays host to the Indiana Pacers.


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