Monthly Archives: June 2016

Connor Sports and Green Sports Alliance Provided Eco-Friendly Makeover to Yes Prep Northside School in Houston

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Connor Sports and the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) provided the Yes Prep Northside charter high school in Houston with an eco-friendly makeover as the GSA 2016 Green Apple Day of Service project.

The GSA 2016 Summit Green Sports Green Apple Day of Service Project Presented by Connor Sports was completed by representatives of Connor Sports and GSA partners’ HOK, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Texas and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Volunteers came together to spruce up the exterior of the school with external landscaping and raised bed plantings for the schools’ Garden Club and provide an upgrade to the school’s physical education storage and weight training facilities.

“At Connor Sports we know as Champions of Environment and as a leader in the global sports industry, that outdoor recreation and safe play for school-age children is extremely important to the growth and well-being of all students,” said Jason Gasperich, Director of Sustainability for Connor Sports. “Our growing strategic partnership with the Green Sports Alliance and the hosting of the 2016 GSA Day of Service project Houston has provided an excellent platform and opportunity for our Connor Sports Cares community initiative program to truly give back to the Houston community in a tangible and sustainable manner that will live on after the Summit.”

Read the full press release here.

University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University Named Winners of Inaugural College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest

2016.06.30-Newsfeed-Sust Makeover Winners-IMAGEHouston, TX (June 30, 2016)—The University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University were announced today as the two inaugural winners of the College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston.


The contest is designed to highlight college athletics’ unique and powerful impact on community sustainability; to influence fans’ sustainability behaviors where they live, work, and play; and to boost college sports’ sustainability capacity.

Contest sponsors Max-R, Greendrop Recycling, Eco-Products, EcoSafe Zero Waste, and the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center provided prizes and support packages valued at over $50,000 for each winning campus. Contest partners included the Green Sports Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Read the full press release here.


Celebrating the Winners of the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award & Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards

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Andrew Ference, winner of the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award

Today the Green Sports Alliance honored NHL Defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference with the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award at BBVA Compass Stadium during the Green Sports Celebration. This award is presented to an individual member of the sports industry who has demonstrated leadership and has provided significant contributions to environmental sustainability – spurring environmental innovation at the team, venue, league or fan level as well as helping to advance the entire industry. We are thrilled to announce that he will be joining the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors.

Green Sports Alliance staff, board, and Andrew Ference.

Green Sports Alliance staff, board, and Andrew Ference.

The Green Sports Alliance also honored 7 of its members with the Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards, demonstrating how the sports industry is accelerating environmental progress by integrating greening across their operations and developing innovative partnerships. The Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards recognizes Green Sports Alliance member teams, venues, events or universities for their excellence in advancing the sports greening movement.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

The FSC certified wood awards were sourced from the 2016 Houston NCAA Final Four Championship Court and generously provided by Connor Sports.

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Winners of the Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards.

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